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PWR!Moves Now at Foundation Physical Therapy

Leslie Saueressig Duran, MSPT, GCS, recently completed the PWR!Therapist training in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is very excited to offer this treatment approach to our clients. By utilizing the foundational principles of PWR!Moves™, Leslie is able to target the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson disease that interfere with everyday movement (rigidity, bradykinesia, incoordination, and automaticity) in Parkinson’s disease.

Created by Dr. Becky G. Farley, PWR!Moves™ are the building blocks for everyday movement and are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures/positions. The treatment approach is designed to increase balance, flexibility and posture, improve gait and prevent falls. Research has proven that when implemented correctly, exercise can slow the progression of many key Parkinson’s related symptoms and greatly improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease. PWR!Moves™ are a standalone exercise program, but they can be implemented into ANY exercise program for greater benefit.

When asked why Leslie chose to learn PWR!Moves™ over LSVT BIG, she said “I thought the PWR! approach allowed me more flexibility to personalize my treatments to each client’s specific needs. LSVT BIG focuses on the amplitude of motion to help with bradykinesia (slowness of movement), but PWR! allows me to focus on all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that interfere with mobility: decreased flexibility, incoordination, muscle rigidity, as well as cognitive issues (improving the ability to perform dual task activities). The PWR!Moves™ are excellent for improving posture and balance, and when you sequence the moves together, it can become a high intensity workout. The best part of the PWR! approach is that I can apply the techniques to all stages of the disease progression, where the LSVT BIG approach is typically just helpful for just early to moderate Parkinson’s disease”.

For more information on the PWR! Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery ⎸PWR! approach, please refer to the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery website at www.pwr4life.org. There are useful links including a YouTube channel where you can watch some of the exercises being performed. You can also schedule an appointment with Leslie, and she can complete and evaluation to determine which PWR!Moves™ would most benefit you.

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24 Sep, 2014

Physical Therapy

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