Exercise can change the Parkinson brain! For persons living with PD, a disease specific approach to exercise is medically necessary to improve the quality of their life. This course will introduce the latest evidence based etiology, prevalence, anatomy, physiology and medication needs of the person with idiopathic PD as well as the types of evidence based exercise concepts that are known to induce behavioral and brainy changes. The concept of a Parkinsonism disease process vs the specific degenerative nature and location of damage in idiopathic Parkinson’s will be discussed to understand the motor (ie bradykinesia, rigidity and tremor), nonmotor (i.e. decreased cognition and motivation) and autonomic (sleep, constipation and pain symptoms) symptoms of PD across the disease severity. Clinicians will be able to successfully address the needs of the whole patient to optimize function and improve lives. We know that exercise can improve strength, agility and fitness level, but that is just the beginning! Evidence will be introduced that exercise is medicine for persons with PD when delivered with the appropriate skill and aerobic essentials addressed. It is NEVER too late for persons with Parkinson Disease (PD) to change their function and improve their lives. Please join the revolution to change the Pakinson’s brain!
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
Valerie Carter PT, DPT, NCS is a board certified Neurological Specialist and a Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff AZ. She graduated from NAU with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 1989 and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NAU in 2002. Presently she instructs DPT students in neuroscience, pediatrics, neuro therapeutic techniques, Parkinson’s disease and has received several teaching awards through NAU and the City of Flagstaff. Her research interests are clinically based with the application of neuroplasticity techniques for individuals with static and degenerative brain insults. She has published original research in refereed journals and has instructed nationally and internationally with LSVT Global (LSVT BIG program) and currently is a faculty for Parkinson Wellness Recovery or PWR! She and her husband own and operate Carter Rehabilitation and Wellness Center an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Flagstaff, AZ which has a Neurological client focus with a particular interest in persons with Parkinsons disease. She has an exceptional passion for exercise in Parkinson’s instilled by her Mom who is surviving with Parkinsons for over 29 years. Valerie is a fun and energetic presenter who wants to share how skilled intensive functional exercise can help persons with Parkinsons to thrive!
Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.
Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.