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Several PT modalities are useful in Parkinson’s, movement disorders



Sensory receptor stimulation therapy can help certain patients with Parkinson’s disease improve posture and gait issues, according to Ben Weinstock, DPT, who specializes in physical therapy for patients with movement disorders.

Dr. Weinstock will present an update on several physical therapy modalities that can be useful for patients with Parkinson’s disease on Oct. 19 at the International Conference on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in New York.

“Up to 70% of people with Parkinson’s disease are exercise intolerant,” Dr. Weinstock said in an interview. “As such, we must provide interventions that can keep them moving and avoid sedentary behavior.”

Manual stimulation of points on the foot can improve freezing of gait as well as normalize stride length, according to research published by Italian investigators in 2015 (Int J Rehabil Res. 2015 Sep. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000120) while electrical stimulation of acupuncture points on the ear and body assisted with motor and nonmotor Parkinson’s symptoms, based on a 2017 study (Front Hum Neurosci. 2017. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00338).

Advances in manual pressure therapy as well as using Kinesio taping to improve posture also will be addressed by Dr. Weinstock, who is in private practice in New York.

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