Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition characterised by motor and non- motor problems. The main changes arise from brain dysfunction through reduced production of chemical messengers particularly dopamine. The three main motor symptoms are slowness of movement, stiffness and tremor. Physiotherapy intervention has been shown to be of benefit for people with Parkinson’s. Group exercise has been shown to be very beneficial in terms of boosting well-being and lower stress and anxiety. Combining the two together provides an excellent environment in which to do the tailor based exercise.
This group is run by a qualified Physiotherapist. The exercises are based on the latest evidence based research, which informs the therapist of best practice.
Physiotherapy intervention combines using exercise and movement strategy training. The aims of the exercise group are multifaceted. Firstly, the exercise group takes place in a local community setting promoting inclusion and participation within the community. It facilitates the building up of friendship networks etc. Secondly the exercises are aimed at working on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. We also use dual task training and cueing strategies where applicable.
The overall aim of the group is to maintain and improve general fitness and encourage selfmanagement.
When and where
Mondays: 12.30 -1.30
Wednesdays: 12.00 -1.00
YMCA Hawker Centre in Ham
Address: YMCA Hawker Centre in Ham, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5BH
Who can attend
Anyone who has a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can contact Caroline to have a chat about attending the group. She will complete a screen either as a 1:1 visit or over the telephone and you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire.
You must get yourself to the group. There is free car parking. You need to be able to walk (with or without an aide) and be medically fit to participate in exercise. There is a coffee shop for family members or friends should they wish to come with you.
What type of Exercises
There is a warm up.
Circuit training set up. The person moves around the stations. The exercise is performed for 2 minutes then you move to the next station. Caroline will modify the exercise if required.
There is a balance and walking section.
There is a cool down.
How much does it cost?
Screen 1:1 session is £40 (plus travel depending on where you live).
Each group session is £15.
Members of the SKE PD Branch can claim back 50%.