Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition which primarily affects people’s movement due to changes in the neurotransmitter dopamine in an area of the brain called the basal ganglia. People with Parkinson’s often complain of difficulties with tremor, stiffness and aspects of their walking. The way these problems are displayed varies and no two people will have exactly the same presentation.  Some people also notice non motor symptoms which affects other symptoms such as sleep, sweating, aches and pains and weight loss.



Medical Management

Most people with Parkinson’s disease will be prescribed medication by their Neurologist to improve their movement. This is an important part of the management of the condition to enable people to function optimally. Changes in medication should be discussed with the medical team or Specialist Parkinson’s Disease Nurse. It is very important that people with Parkinson’s are able to move well to get the best out of a good Physiotherapy programme.


There is a good body of evidence to show that physiotherapy has a key role to play in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease at all stages of the condition. Studies have shown that a variety of exercises such as cycling, Tai Chi, running and dancing have helped people with Parkinson’s improve their function. There is also a growing body of evidence that suggests that intensive targeted exercise can help slow down the progression of the condition.


 Services offered at Neurological Physiotherapy

Expert assessment

All clients will have a private interview and physical assessment to identify what aspects of their movement they would like to improve. We use outcome measures to objectively measure progress and monitor change.

Treatment for Joint pain

We use musculoskeletal and myofascial release techniques to relieve joint pains, especially shoulder impingements which can be a problem for people with Parkinson’s. We will also teach specific stretches to maintain the alignment and joint range to prevent this reoccurring.

Exercise prescription

We believe that all people with Parkinson’s should participate in daily exercises tailored to their specific impairments. This will be prescribed at an appropriate level for each person and will vary widely. We work with people to motivate them to embark and maintain their exercises and will support them throughout the entire process, right through to identifying the clear benefit the exercise is having to their quality of life.

Group exercise class – PD Power – Positive Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

This is a challenging and fun class run by trained physiotherapists and is based on up to date research, suitable for people of all ages. The exercises challenge aspects of movement which may be affected such as reduced amplitude, coordination and muscle strength. Our Physiotherapists are both trained PD Warrior instructors and Rachel Rutley is also a PWR! Moves Instructor. We use this training in the class together with PWR! moves work from America.

Prior to attending the class, members are assessed for their suitability and introduced to the approach. People do not need a high level of fitness to attend but should not be at serious risk of falling.

In verbal and written feedback, our class members have stated that the class helps them to keep moving well and expressed surprise at how beneficial the social side of the group has been to them. Many people with Parkinson’s are reluctant to meet others with the condition but the positivity of the group and the rewards of completing a challenging activity with others, has improved their outlook on their condition and their confidence to look to the future.

Liaise with medical and specialist nursing staff     

We have close links with medical and nursing staff and regularly update them on our clients progress, particularly when they have review appointments.


Support for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s UK Groups

Comprehensive support and information for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers.

Helpline: 0808 800 0303

Stockport Branch:

Stockport Masonic Guild Hall, SK1 3UA

Meet 2pm on third Wednesday of the month


Branch and Volunteer Support Officer:

Susan Newsham:    0344 225 3655


Karen Walsh, Information and Support Worker

0844 225 3738


A Friday Rendezvous

Venue: Sunrise of Bramhall, SK7 2HW

A drop in session on the first Friday of every month anytime between 10.30am-12noon.


Manchester South Branch :

Information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

First Friday of the month, 2pm

Where: Burnage Health Centre, 347 Burnage Lane, Manchester M19 1EW.

Contact: Gill Carberry, Branch and Volunteer Support Officer (North West) on 0844 225 3654 or Jackie Gray on 0844 225 9817




North Manchester Parkinson’s UK Group:


A place where people living with Parkinson’s can get social support and advice

Where: Northwards Housing Office (Community room) White Moss Road, Charlestown M9 6NZ.

When: Last Thursday of the month

Time: 2.30 – 4 pm

Contact: Anna or Jim Trotman on 0161 795 3076


Trafford PWA (Parkinson’s Working Age) Group

Contact is Clare Culliney on 0161 929 8660.




​Dance for Parkinson’s Groups:


When: Fridays fortnightly, starting 15 January 2016, 11am-1pm
Where: Bollington Civic Hall, Junction of Palmerston Street/Hurst Lane, Bollington, Cheshire East, SK10 5JX
Cost: Free
Details: For people with Parkinson’s, carers, family and friends
Contact: Rosalind Holgate Smith – 01606 861770, – need to enquire to ask how to access this


Dance for Parkinson’s:

Singing Groups:

Cheshire: Vibrant Voices

For people with PD Stroke survivors, memory loss in Bowden wed 2pm onwards £3

0161 926 8992





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