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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition affecting the coordination of movement. Parkinson’s disease also affects cognition, mood, speech, bladder, and bowel dysfunction. Parkinson’s disease involves a lack of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in the brain which causes stiffness, tremors and slow movement, and cognitive impairments.

A variety of services for treatment and rehabilitation of both the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are available.  Clinical guidelines suggest a multi-disciplinary approach is key in the management of Parkinson’s, therefore we work very closely with other health care professionals.

It commonly occurs around 65 years and is about 1.5 times more common in men than in women.

The role genetics may play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease and may run particularly in families. There are approximately 8,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease in Ireland

The physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease involve motor function and include:

  • Tremor – involuntary muscle movement of the body parts commonly starting in the hand.
  • Slowness of movement (bradykinesia) – difficulty in initiating movement or slowness in initiation.
  • Stiffness or rigidity of muscles, increased muscle tone – problems with activities such as standing up from a chair or rolling over in bed may be experienced.
  • Postural Instability – difficulties with posture and balance.
  • Shuffling Gait – walking with short steps and feet not clearing the ground.
  • Gait freezing – inability to move feet when initiating
  • Dystonia – uncontrollable muscle contractions

Our Approach

Physiotherapy treatment will help increase your independence in everyday life. Our motivated physiotherapists at The Waterfall Clinic acknowledge that Parkinson’s disease affects everyone differently so treatment is tailored to your needs.

At The Waterfall Clinic, our dedicated physiotherapists will help a person with Parkinson’s disease live the best life possible by maximizing potential. We also maintain close contact with the Consultant Neurologist and GP so that as a multidisciplinary team we can all work together so the patient can get the maximum benefit from both medical and physiotherapy interventions

Treatment Plan

Physiotherapy treatment is centred around:

  • Muscle stretching to prevent stiffness and lengthen tight muscles.
  • Exercise to help relax rigid muscles and joints to maintain a good posture, keep your joints flexible and help make movements smooth and efficient.
  • Exercise to increase stamina and reduce fatigue
  • Reducing any pain that you may be experiencing.
  • Teach techniques that help make some automatic movements and functional abilities easier. For example, walking, sitting down and standing up are some of the tasks that may become difficult as Parkinson’s disease progresses, but can be improved by learning new ways of doing things.
  • Cueing and movement strategies to reduce the effects of freezing.
  • Teaching ways of transferring such as getting up out of a chair or moving in bed.
  • Advice on aids and adaptations to the home that might be of use for functional abilities for people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Balance training to help improve confidence and reduce the risk of falling.
  • Relaxation therapy help reduce stress which can often bring on symptoms of Parkinsons.

You have made me feel positive and confident again. For the first time I feel positive about my recovery and my future

Margaret Dillon

Why Choose Us?

Highly Trained

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Patient centred


Fully accessible clinic
and rehabilitation gym

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The Waterfall Clinic, 6 Claregate St,
Kildare, R51 K752