Physios boost awareness of Parkinson’s

17 April 2012

Physiotherapy staff around the country are getting involved in the push to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, with the ultimate aim of finding a cure for the debilitating illness.

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People with Parkinson’s attend regular classes in London, run by English National Ballet. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Parkinson’s Awareness Week got underway on Monday and more than 200 events are taking place around the UK including research lectures, information days and fundraising events.

Fiona Lindop, a specialist physiotherapist at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and physiotherapy lead for Parkinson’s UK is involved in the week of activities.

Derby open day

She spent Monday morning promoting the Parkinson’s service offered by therapists at Royal Derby Hospital. Ms Lindop and an OT colleague told patients and staff about treatment options for the condition, including the importance of drug regimes.

On Wednesday she is on hand to offer information and advice at the Parkinson’s open day being held at the hospital’s specialist assessment and rehabilitation centre.

The day involves stalls from various organisations including Marie Curie Nurses and Parkinson’s UK, as well as taster sessions for a Parkinson’s seated exercise group, a singing group and Tai Chi.

Yorkshire noodle relay

Bhanu Ramaswamy, an independent consultant physiotherapist and project officer for Parkinson’s on the CSP’s Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and Chartered Physiotherapists working with older people networks, took part in the Sheffield leg of the Yorkshire and Humber ‘Noodle relay’ on Tuesday.

Noodle, a brain cell toy, is being carried to the 23 Yorkshire and Humber Parkinson’s centres throughout the week to raise awareness of the neurological condition.

Tracking Parkinson’s study

Meanwhile, Parkinson’s UK marked the awareness week by launching the biggest in-depth research study tracking people with the condition.

The charity is calling for 3,000 volunteers to take part in the Tracking Parkinson’s study and is investing over £1.6 million into the project aimed at boosting the chances of finding a cure.

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