Parkinson's

A new program from Freudenthal to help people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease manage and improve PD symptoms.

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Every day researchers are learning that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can enhance their quality of life and build strength, flexibility, and speed. The Freudenthal Center For Parkinson’s offers FREE programs designed to help fight the effects of PD. We utilize multiple exercises and other therapies to help PD Patients to recalibrate their bodies to maximize movement, slowing the debilitation brought on by PD. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. This training can improve movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from a sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking.

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Location & Class Calendar

All classes are FREE.
Call 816-676-8050 for more info!

East Hills Shopping Center
3702 Frederick Ave,
St Joseph, MO
(Next to Maurice’s)


Programs

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Large Amplitude Exercises

This treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them.

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Boxing Exercises

Parkinson’s causes a loss in many of the same elements that boxers train to improve. Published medical research has shown that forced, intense exercise can reduce, reverse and even delay Parkinson’s symptoms. With this training a diversity of symptoms can be addressed simultaneously.


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Support Group

Many people find that support groups are tremendously effective in helping them cope with the day-to-day realities of having Parkinson's disease. The second Monday of every month at 5:30pm our community comes together to support each other and hear talks on Parkinson’s topics from area professionals.

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Vocal Exercises

Parkinson’s disease not only effects the muscle groups that control movement, it also effects the muscle groups that control swallowing and speaking. These purposeful exercises designed by Dr. Elizabeth Stegemöller help decrease swallowing difficulties and improve speech amplitude and quality.