Parkinson's Wellness

Dance for Parkinson's
Metro is proud to offer dance classes based off of the internationally acclaimed Dance for Parkinson's Program of the Mark Morris Dance Group. Dance for Parkinson's promotes overall wellness and has both physical and psychological benefits. Researchers have studied the program to find:

Dance for Parkinson's

"• A 10.4 percent improvement from baseline
in overall movement
• A 26.7 percent improvement from baseline in walking
• An 18.5 percent improvement from baseline in tremor"

Metro has two of their own dynamic staff members who have been trained at the Mark Morris Academy to teach these classes!

Drumming for Parkinson's

Drumming for Parkinson's

Metro's Drumming for Parkinson's class incorporates repetitive and large movements which have proven to be successful components of a Parkinson's wellness program. This class focuses on rhythm and coordination in a group style drumming circle. The class is sure to be fun, drumming along to lively music with friends!

Rehabilitation Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
Skilled rehab therapy consisting of physical and occupational therapy, coupled with a comprehensive Metro wellness program, are key components to preventing further decline due to Parkinson's Disease. Metro's therapists have advanced Parkinson's training which makes them experts in keeping our clients strong, active and independent. Metro's physical and occupational therapists work together to make sure clients can continue to participate in meaningful activities.

Physical Therapy for Parkinson's Disease includes a variety of therapeutic treatment forms including:

  • Gait analysis and gait training
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Stretching for improved muscle flexibility
  • Coordination training
  • Training in stair climbing

A physical therapy program can help a client with Parkinson's Disease to:

  • Prevent falls and "freezing"
  • Improve endurance
  • Improve coordination and smoothness of movement
  • Improve strength
  • Develop a daily exercise program

Occupational therapy for Parkinson's Disease incorporates the use of functional activities as part of the therapy process, including:

  • ADL training: dressing, feeding, bathing, grooming, hygiene, toileting
  • IADL training: leisure activities, social participation, caring for pets, participating in daily activities and routines
  • Balance training to improve participation in tasks
  • Training to manage tremors in the hands and upper extremities
  • Safety and fall prevention including "fall proofing" of home environments
  • Modification of tasks including recommendation of equipment, technology and adaptive strategies to improve independence
  • Transfer training to improve ability to get up from a chair or toilet seat as well as in and out of bed or a car.
Occupational Therapy for Parkinson's

An occupational therapy program can help a client with Parkinson's Disease to:

  • Prevent falls and improve safety at home
  • Improve coordination with tasks including buttoning, feeding and handwriting
  • Manage tremors during functional tasks
  • Continue to participate in social activities with modifications
  • Maintain independence at home with improved safety

LSVT BIG Program for Parkinson's Disease
The LSVT BIG Program is a specialized program that focuses on the unique movement impairments associated with Parkinson's Disease. The BIG Program uses repetitive and exaggerated movements to help improve gait, mobility, decrease "freezing" and other symptoms associated with PD. Clients who participate in the BIG Program attend 4 – one hour sessions per week for 4 weeks.

Metro's clients with Parkinson's Disease know that PT and OT rehab, combined with consistent participation in wellness programs, is the key to success! See what they have to say…