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Difficulty performing more than one task at a time is a common and disabling problem experienced by people with Parkinson disease (PD). If asked to perform another task when walking, people with PD often take shorter steps or walk more slowly. There is uncertainty amongst physiotherapists about whether clinicians should teach people with PD to avoid dual tasking or whether they should encourage them to practice dual tasking with the hope that practice will lead to enhanced performance.
High intensity activity, including strength training is an important part of rehabilitation after stroke. Research over the past 20 years has shown that muscle weakness may be directly responsible for compromised muscle function and that strength training not only improves strength and function, in most cases it can reduce spasticity.
Growing research into stroke treatment and rehabilitation has identified post stroke depression as the most common psychiatric consequence of stroke, with as many as two thirds of stroke survivors meeting clinical criteria for depression. Depression poses a serious barrier to quality of life and to stroke recovery, with depressed stroke survivors showing poorer rehabilitation outcomes when compared to non-depressed survivors.
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A recent article reports that a team of scientists in the
Did you know that about one third of the population over the age of 65 falls each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age? At 80 years, over half the population fall annually.
Flexyfoot is an innovative and award-winning new product that revolutionises the humble walking stick and takes crutches to a whole new level. Using patented air sprung technology, flexyfoot is great for all terrain, gentle on the joints and really popular in the centre.
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There has been much interest in the clinic this week regarding the article printed in Body and Soul on Nov 27th about the rise of Parkinson's disease in Australia. I think it is great that awareness of the condition is being promoted in the broader print media because it is such a common neurological condition, and one that we see regularly in the clinic. It is however quite disheartening to read the article and see no reference to the significant benefits of exercise in managing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. If we are going to raise awareness of the condition, surely we should also be raising awareness about effective management stategies that are not just limited to medications.
Have you had a stroke and found that you are still struggling with your walking? Do you feel like you are unable to get out of the house enough because you can't walk after a stroke. Are you worried about having a fall when you walk? You are probably like most people who have achieved some level of mobility following stroke but are still extremely limited. Walking can be limited for many reasons but new studies are showing us some promising results to rehabilitate walking after stroke.
Although HSP, also known as Familial Spastic Paraplegia (FSP), is very rare it presents with common symptoms of spasticity, loss of sensation and weakness, especially in the lower legs. This can lead to difficulties with walking and balancing. At the cellular level there is a breakdown in the transportation channels in the nerves which can be especially evident in the longer nerves of the legs. It can also effect some of the smaller nerves in the brain that affect thinking, hearing, vision and can occasionally cause epilepsy.