A new study has been published that questions how effective physiotherapy is for treating those with Parkinson’s disease, but the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has responded, saying that the practice is still in the best interests of the patient in terms of managing their condition and helping their quality of life.
Professional adviser with the organisation Carley King explained that the study emphasises how low-intensity physiotherapy (such as over four sessions only) may have a limited impact.
“This emphasises therefore the importance of ensuring people with Parkinson’s disease have access to physiotherapy when required and at an intensity that is shown to have an effect, in order to sustain the benefits over the longer term,” she continued.
The study in question was published by the University of Birmingham, indicating that current therapies are unable to improve the quality of life for those with mild to moderate forms of Parkinson’s, with millions of pounds now being wasted to provide the therapy to patients. Resources would be better spent elsewhere, the researchers concluded.
It was found that rehab methods like physiotherapy had little impact on activities like brushing teeth or putting on clothes.
The university’s professor Carl Clarke said there was now a need to review the guidelines for patients, adding that the big challenge is to encourage people to engage in more exercise over a prolonged period.
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