Aquatic Physiotherapy May Help Lessen Falls in People with Parkinson’s Disease A family member with Parkinson’s disease has inspired physiotherapist Fleur Terrens to investigate how aquatic physiotherapy might help those with this condition. Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition, is the most common movement disorder, affecting more than 50,000 people in Australia. “There are only around 10 aquatic physiotherapy trials worldwide that specifically look at Parkinson’s disease,” says Fleur. “It’s a very new area of research. “We want to understand whether traditional aquatic exercise and movement is more effective at improving balance and gait than rotational aquatic exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease.” Fleur is the principal investigator in a research project entitled ‘Falls and Balance in Parkinson’s Disease: Traditional Versus Novel Aquatic Physiotherapy.’ Wendy Toogood and Associate Professor Prue Morgan, Head of the Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University are the project’s associate investigators. Both aquatic and land-based physiotherapy are currently used in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease within Peninsula Health’s Movement Disorders Program. Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, ﬂuency, quality, and ease of movement and may involve
Physiotherapist Fleur Terrens at the Golf Links Road hydrotherapy pool.
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