Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

April 04, 2012 06:00 ET

Physical Activity Antidote for Movement Disorder . . .

Parkinson Society Canada and Canadian Physiotherapy Association launch new resource for Canadians with Parkinson's

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 4, 2012) - Parkinson Society Canada, along with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, is launching a new resource for Canadians with Parkinson's disease. Physical Activity and Parkinson's Disease showcases the benefits of regular exercise and activity in helping manage the symptoms of this movement disorder.

The resource, which has been developed specifically for people with Parkinson's, and for those health professionals who treat them, including physiotherapists, provides information on the benefits of aerobic, strengthening, flexibility and balance activities, which are key to improving Parkinson's symptoms. The resource includes a tracking tool to chart and record physical activity and progress.

"How ironic that the symptoms Parkinson's is most known for-loss of movement, balance, rigidity-improve with physical activity," says Parkinson Society Canada CEO Joyce Gordon. People with Parkinson's want to do everything they can to maintain their quality of life and to remain independent and physically able for as long as possible. This new resource is designed to help them manage their disease through exercise and staying active. "Through our partnership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in developing the Physical Activity and Parkinson's Disease resource, we are helping people to take control of their Parkinson's by taking an important step forward, literally," she adds.

The "Physical Activity and Parkinson's Disease" resource, available in English and French, online and in print, is being launched as part of Parkinson's Awareness Month (April).

"This tool will help physiotherapists work more effectively with their Parkinson's clients," says Rob Werstine, PT, MSc, FCAMPT, President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. "Staying active, improving balance, flexibility and strength are important to everyone's health, but they are even more important for people with Parkinson's because rigidity, poor balance and a tendency to fall are common with the condition."

Parkinson Society Canada, with 10 regional partners and 240 chapters and support groups, provides education, support, and advocacy on behalf of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson's. Its research program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Canadians living with Parkinson's, identifying causes and some day, a cure. To find out more about Parkinson's disease and services available near you, call 1-800-565-3000 or visit

The mission of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association ( is to advance the profession of physiotherapy in order to improve the health of Canadians. Members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association include registered physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, physiotherapy students, and affiliate members who support the mission of the association.

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