Lifestyle

Exercises improve life of those living with Parkinson's

Physiotherapist Vicki Oshea is holding LSVT Big classes for people with Parkinson's disease.
Physiotherapist Vicki Oshea is holding LSVT Big classes for people with Parkinson's disease. Brett Wortman

KNOWLEDGE is power - both physically and mentally.

When physiotherapist Vicki Oshea's friend was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease she immediately set out to research what was out there to help.

When Mrs Oshea came across a specialist treatment for people with Parkinson's called LSVT BIG, she knew she could help improve the quality of life for her friend and other people with the disease.

"Traditionally Parkinson's patients will notice their movement gets smaller, their steps get smaller and it's much harder to move," Mrs Oshea said.

"They often freeze as well and this program increases the amplitude of their movement and helps minimise the freezing."

Having worked on just two patients so far, Mrs Oshea has already seen positive results.

"One of the chaps I have taken through the program recently got to the stage where he couldn't clean his teeth," she said.

"Now he can. The aim is to make the quality of life better."

LSVT BIG is based on the principle that the brain can learn and change, and aims to improve people's ability to make bigger movements.

"It gives you some direction and understanding of what you can do," Mrs Oshea said.

"The program itself is quite specific with some of those details custom made to the level of their Parkinson's.

"I do an initial assessment then we do a similar assessment at the end of the program to establish improvement.

"There's been some really good research that's backs up its effectiveness."

If you are interested in taking part in the program, contact Vicki Oshea on 0424 335 458 or email avsloshea@hotmail.com.

 

LSVT BIG

The On The Go Physio website said initial results of research show that LSVT BIG training leads to:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Better balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improved quality of life
  • Sustained improvements in movements that last up to three months post treatment

Topics:  exercise health lifestyle parkinson's disease



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Searches stopped after no signs of swimmer

POSSIBLE DROWING: Crews search off Cabarita Beach following reports a swimmer was seen in distress in the waters off Norries Headland.

Search for swimmer on hold.

Australia 'streets ahead' of anywhere else on Earth

INTREPID ADVENTURERS: Iain Finlay with wife Trish Clark at their home in North Tumbulgum this week.

Australia Day ambassador Iain Finlay looks back on lucky life

Learning the tricks of the circus trade

ROLL UP, ROLL UP: Children at Tweed Shire Vacation Care learn some circus skills from Circus in Education director Jacqui Levy.

Children escaped to the circus for the day.

Local Partners

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Search for Merseybeat magic continues

The Searchers are coming to Twin Towns in February as part of a national tour.

"It's a free spirited country with a relaxed attitude to everything”

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Casuarina tops Tweed house market at $870,000

Casuarina recorded the region's top median prices for both houses ($870,000) and units ($435,000).

Buyers jumping at chance to get into Tweed property market

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!