Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Program

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be facing symptoms such as tremors, slow movements, fear of falling or a soft voice that causes difficulty being heard or understood. These symptoms pose significant challenges not only for people with the disease, but for their family members and caregivers as well.

At Rehab Unlimited, the Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Program goes beyond standard treatment options with expert therapy that dramatically improves patients’ ability to move better, talk louder and clearer.

Our unique approach combines physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed for each patient. The Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Program has been shown to be effective in improving function and the quality of life for persons with this disease.

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Treatment Options

For many sufferers, the most common and troubling symptoms – lack of coordination, balance, walking and postural problems – can be effectively addressed through physical therapy. A customized program of therapeutic exercises, with guidance from one of our specialized therapists, can also help with flexibility and fall prevention.

Occupational Therapy helps patients maintain and improve their level of self-care, work and leisure activities, with special attention to challenging activities of daily living, such as showering and getting dressed, preparing food and eating. Many patients receive help with handwriting, which commonly becomes small and illegible.

Speech Therapy addresses speech and communication difficulties commonly experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease, whose voices tend lose volume, become monotone and hoarse. These changes along with articulation difficulties may make sufferers difficult to understand. In addition to traditional speech therapy techniques, the program’s speech and language pathologists are certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-Loud), an innovative and effective technique for improving voice volume by retraining patients on the ability to perceive, modify and improve the level of effort needed to produce effective sound.

  • LSVT-Big effectively applies the same principles to limb movements
  • LSVT-Big and Loud, simultaneously targets speech and limb motor control

For most people with Parkinson’s disease or related disorders, there is no reason not to continue working. However, if work becomes difficult or unsafe, our vocational rehabilitation specialists can help determine what job duties you can realistically and safely continue to do; suggest adjustments in work schedule or assignments, or modifications in the workplace; and teach techniques for performing specific job duties.