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World Parkinson’s Day!

Today is World Parkinson's Day, a day to raise awareness about this chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects millions of people worldwide. As a neuro physiotherapist, I have had the privilege of working with many patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and witnessing their journey towards better health and quality of life.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that affects movement and can cause tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. However, with the right treatment and management, patients with Parkinson's disease can continue to lead fulfilling lives.

HomePhysio By Nicola Ltd play an important role in helping patients with Parkinson's disease across the Scottish Borders to maintain their functional independence. We are passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and life goals. No matter age or ability we can always try to adapt hobbies and interests to allow for enjoyment. Home exercises are tied in with these activities so patients enjoy and see the aim of them. Through movement preparation, verbal or visual cueing, fluid motion, strength, balance, core exercises and walking practice we achieve greatness together!

One of my fondest memories is working with a patient living with Parkinson's disease who was having significant problems with his mobility, especially in busy environments in the likes of a shopping centre. He had previously been a professional ballroom dancer and music was very important in his life. We had tried verbal cues like "one two" and a metronome, we also tried visual cues, but these had not been effective. One day, I asked him if he would do play his favourite piece of music. We decided to try to waltz and when he was listening to the rhythm of the music his movement became more fluid. We then listened to the music as he was trying to walk and his walking pattern changed from a shuffling pattern with his feet to his normal stride. This was a life changing breakthrough for him. He now listens to music as he goes round the supermarket and is able to walk around with much more freedom of motion. Stepping to the beat of the music. Linking his previous enjoyment of music to a functional task today allowed his body to recognise established motor pathways from dancing, improving his movements and quality of life!

On this World Parkinson's Day, I want to remind everyone that with the right care and support, people with Parkinson's disease can continue to thrive. Let us all come together to raise awareness about this disease, and to support those who are living with it.

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