People associate physical and occupational therapy with recovery from a major illness or injury. People with Parkinson’s tend to only seek treatment after there is a problem, like a fall. The fact is, physical and occupational therapy can have tremendous benefits for all people with Parkinson’s.
Physical therapy can:
- Improve balance
- Reduce the risk of falling
- Improve coordination and movement
- Add strength and flexibility
Occupational therapy can help you manage daily living with more ease:
- Learn techniques to get in and out of bed or a chair, to use the shower or the toilet
- Learn the proper way to use assistive devices like canes and walkers
- Get tips for home and office modification and safety
- Learn adaptations useful for cooking and cleaning
Generally, you need to get a prescription from your doctor for these therapies to be covered by insurance. If you have questions, or want to give physical or occupational therapy a try, speak with your doctor.