Physical therapy along with exercise is essential in the management of Parkinson's disease. Physical therapy for Parkinson's targets stiffness, freezing, small movements, slowness, impaired posture, weakness, imbalance, falls, and difficulty walking. Individuals with Parkinson's disease often suffer from many unpleasant symptoms. More and more research shows that exercise is important slowing the progression and decreasing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Dr. Valerie Johnson’s approach to working with Parkinson’s disease is driven by research and enthusiasm for those who want to improve their condition. At Balance Therapy, we strive to get you functioning at your highest level of fitness, activity, and health. 

Parkinson's exercise classes target symptoms and provide a mode of sustained practice that extend the benefits gained from physical therapy. Parkinson's exercise classes are complementary for improving aspects of movement, cognition, mood, motivation, and quality of life. Here at Balance Therapy, we offer physical therapy and exercise classes that adequately challenge movement and cognitive abilities in persons with Parkinson's disease. Individual therapy and group classes are held in a supportive environment that promotes community engagement, morale, and accountability to keep you on track. Click here to learn more.

How does Physical Therapy for Parksinson's Disease help?

How can exercise classes for Parkinson's help?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for PD

PWR!Moves Classes for Parkinson’s Disease
PWR!Moves is a Parkinson's-specific training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. PWR!Moves are performed with large, whole body movements, max effort, and intentional action in multiple postures (floor, all 4’s, sitting, and standing). These Parkinson's exercise classes specifically target “4” skills shown by research to target mobility in people with PD (muscle strength for upright posture, weight shifting, spine flexibility, and transitional movements). As a result, persons' with PD gain body awareness and maintain functional movements. Bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat and get moving!

​Aerobic conditioning and cardiovascular health is directly related to brain health. A healthy brain is paramount in leading a successful life with PD. High intensity interval training challenges your cardiovascular system to improve blood flow in your brain. With increased circulation in the brain, individuals with PD are better able to learn and maintain functional mobility and cognitive skills. You can expect an hour of brief, intense bursts of challenging activities followed by recovery breaks. Bring a bottle of water and your game face, as this class is sure to be an excellent compliment to your Parkinson's exercise program. 

Pole Walking for Parkinson's

Walking with poles is a fun way to engage the whole body, increase arm swing, and promote upright posture in persons with PD.  As a result, pole walking lengthens steps and improves walking speed and efficiency. This class also utilizes poles for stretching, strengthening, improving balance confidence, and reducing pain from PD. Walking with poles in a fun atmosphere is a great way to increase endurance in the company of friends. Every one of our Parkinson's exercise classes is tailored to each individuals’ ability and goals. Bring your walking poles and a water bottle to stay hydrated for a one hour combination of warm up stretches, long distance walking, and drills for an efficient, effective total body workout. 

Dance classes for Parkinson's

In dance classes, you may explore movement and music in ways that are fun, stimulating, and creative. Dance improves balance, walking ability, and everyday movement in persons with Parkinson's.  Rhythmic cuing and music helps reduce freezing and improves movement initiation and whole body coordination. In addition to improving the rhythm and timing of movement, dance addresses non-motor symptoms including improvements in walking ability, stiffness, mobility, balance, quality of life, social inclusion, self-esteem, mood and cognitive function. Dance classes are held in an enriched environment and group setting to support social engagement and sense of well being. Furthermore, music therapy is a wonderful tool for improving mood, movement, speech, and even breathing in individuals with Parkinson's. In this class, Valerie will lead you and your peers through a hour of brain changing, hand clapping, foot stomping exercise.