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What are the goals for Parkinson’s?

Mobility

The goal mobility aims at improving the range of motion, maximizing the movement, preventing falls and helps in gaining functional independence. Besides, it works on improving the balance in PD patients. Decreased amplitude of movement is often observed in individuals with PD, working out on this goal can minimize the decreased amplitude of Parkinson’s. This goal helps them reduce stiffness too.

Dexterity

Dexterity assists individuals with Parkinson’s in finishing their daily tasks like writing, wearing a shirt, holding a pen, etc. It helps in achieving a normal state in ADL (Activities of Daily Living) through fine motor control and hand-eye coordination.

Oro-facial Function

The aim of this goal is to improve chewing muscle strength through therapy. It also helps improve facial expressions and movements through facial exercises.

Speech

The goal ‘Speech’ helps in improving the vocal cord function of PD patients through various speech-related exercises. It also helps in improving communication and achieving clarity in speech among Parkinson’s patients.

Walking Endurance

Through walking endurance, an individual can maintain and restore walking speed, improve balance and work on unshuffled steps. With exercises pertaining to walking, an individual can gain strength in his leg muscles to be able to walk independently.

Sleep

Sleeping disorders like insomnia, disturbed sleep, etc. can be treated with this goal. Individuals with PD generally have issues with sleep. With yoga and meditation, they can get used to restful sleep reducing stress and tension.

Anxiety

Anxiety, being one of the common symptoms in Parkinson’s, can be reduced through yoga and meditation techniques. Anxiety often leads to stress, tension and depression and this goal helps them induce calm and they can restore their normal functionality through breathing and Pranayama techniques.

Wrist Pain

The goal aims to improve or reduce wrist pain by restoring movement through stretching exercises. It can help in strengthening wrist muscles through exercises and an individual can achieve a level of flexibility in moving his / her wrist freely.

Elbow Pain

Individuals generally complain about elbow pain while finishing or taking up daily tasks such as wearing a shirt, holding a pen, etc. Through this goal, pain can be reduced through stretching and strengthening exercises.

Heel Pain

An individual experiences pain while walking, commonly known as heel pain. Through this goal, heel pain is treated or managed through physical therapy, particularly through stretching exercises.

Knee Pain

This goal aims to improve knee pain that arises due to movement disorder which put stress on leg muscles in Parkinson’s. This is treated or managed through a set of exercises that come under physical therapy and yoga.

Shoulder Pain

This goal aims to improve shoulder pain that arises due to injury and other reasons which put stress on shoulders due to muscle rigidity. This is treated or managed through a set of exercises that come under physical therapy, occupational therapy, and yoga.

Neck Pain

Due to forward protruded posture(a very common symptom of Parkinson’s), individuals often complaint about neck pain. This goal aims at reducing or managing neck pain through physical therapy and yoga.

Back Pain

In this goal, the back pain is reduced or managed through yoga and a set of physical exercises including stretching exercises comforting the back.

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