Physical Therapy Month and Parkinson’s: Staying active

October is Physical Therapy Month, a time to be aware of the importance physical therapy plays in improving the health and quality of life for those affected by an array of limiting conditions. One of these conditions is Parkinson’s disease, and we would like to take this opportunity to announce a new section on our Caregiver Products website that allows you to browse for Parkinson’s-related equipment more easily. We hope this section of our website will be of help to those caregivers who want to find new ways of helping their loved ones.

As any physical therapist would tell you, the best therapy is staying as active as possible. Rehabilitative therapy is a process that must be done rigorously and consistently. Not being proactive can result in weakness, contractures or otherwise a loss in regained ability. Here are some products we sell that will help your loved one stay active.

Nothing beats going for a walk!

LaserCane

LaserCane

First of all, keep your loved one walking. The LaserCane projects a red laser beam on the ground to give people with Parkinson’s disease an obstacle-free visual cue in order to normalize their gait and prevent “freezing” episodes. Walking is one of the healthiest and most proactive activities we can do to stay physically fit and is vital for most rehabilitative regimens. Keep your loved one walking with the LaserCane from our partners E med Laser!

We also sell a number of transfer aids that not only keep people with Parkinson’s safe, but will also allow them to stick to their routines without requiring as much assistance. This can increase their independence and strength.

Bathing independently

Telescoping Pivot Grip Grab Bar

Telescoping Pivot Grip Grab Bar

For instance, the Telescoping Pivot Grip Grab Bar may allow your loved one to transfer into the bathtub or shower by themselves. The pivot and rotation mechanisms on these bars allow you to install them in almost any position, depending on your specific needs and preferences.

Get out of low cars more easily

Auto Handy Bar Transfer Aid

Auto Handy Bar Transfer Aid

We also sell a transfer aid for the car that is particularly useful for people with Parkinson’s. The Auto Handy Bar Transfer Aid is lightweight and fits in the palm of your hand. It can be slipped through the striker plate of almost any car door to provide better leverage for moving into a standing position.

We hope your loved one’s physical therapy does not stop at the exit doors of the clinic. With these products and many others, you can allow them to keep an active lifestyle at home and in the community.