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Published on June 14, 2012

Intensive Therapy Helps Parkinson's Patients

Samuel Page of Pelham stretches and moves as occupational therapist Angela Freeman puts him through his paces at the Cone Health Neurorehabilitation Center.

Samuel PagePage, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 12 years ago, works regularly with Marriott and physical therapist Amy Marriott as part of the Neurorehabilitation Center’s comprehensive treatment program for people with Parkinson’s.

The program — which also includes speech therapy — is based on the latest research about the disease and is designed to improve or maintain the patient’s quality of life.

Therapy can address typical problems associated with the disease, including stiffness, slow/small movements, balance difficulties and falls, tremors, soft speaking, swallowing problems, cognitive/memory programs, and difficulty performing daily activities.

The program is designed to prevent, improve and compensate for Parkinson’s disease issues by using high effort, high intensity, full body activities.

Page, who now regularly uses walking sticks that resemble ski poles when exercising at home, says he has seen improvement since working with therapists at the Neurorehabilitation Center.