NEW PARKINSON’S PROGRAM AT NATURAL FIT THERAPY
What is PD-RENEW?
PD-RENEW is an 8-week program that combines PD-specific exercise therapy with diet and lifestyle counseling to help clients improve their Parkinson’s symptoms and implement research-based disease modifying strategies to slow the progression of their Parkinson’s disease.
Limited spots are available! Spots are open every 3 months – You can Book a Free Discovery Session before program fills up!
What is the time commitment?
This is an 8-week program designed to have the biggest carryover and long- term impact.
The exercise program consists of one-on-one 60-minute exercise sessions, 2-3 times per week, for 8 weeks. The diet and lifestyle counseling consists of one 45-minute Zoom call, 1 time per week, for 8 weeks.
New enrollment every 3 month! Limited spots are available now – Book a Free Discovery Session before it fills up!
What does the exercise program consist of?
During these sessions we focus on the client’s symptom presentation and goals – including (but not limited to) improving posture, walking, and/or freezing of gait episodes; improving ability to do functional activities like getting up out of chairs, in/out of the car, on/off the floor, in/out of bed, up/down stairs, and/or moving around at home.
What will be covered in the 1-on-1 counseling sessions?
Each week will consist of a brief lecture on the research supporting each topic, as well as an implementation activity to help each client integrate these strategies into their daily life, stay accountable to their program, and achieve the absolute best outcome possible.
Here is the topic schedule for the weekly counseling sessions:
Week 1: TAKING INVENTORY
Where are you and where do you want to go?
Week 2: OPTIMIZING MEDICATION
Understanding and optimizing dopamine replacement therapy (even if you haven’t started)
Week 3: EXERCISING FOR PD
Creating the most effective exercise program for your specific symptoms and goals
Week 4: SOCIAL HEALTH
Building your tribe as if your brain depends on it
Week 5: NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES
Food’s role in PD-Management, customized to your preferences
Week 6: SUPPLEMENTATION
Determining what supplements your brain needs to thrive
Week 7: YOUR PD TEAM
Building a network to support your PD journey
Week 8: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
Review your results and finalize your plan
How do we measure “success” in the PD-RENEW program?
1. Strategies that treat Parkinson’s symptoms now
2. Strategies that slow the disease process in the long-term
The best tools we have for improving PD symptoms now are medication and exercise. These can be acutely measured by things like the UPDRS, PDQ-39, or physical outcome measures like gait speed, etc. During the PDRENEW program, these will be tracked throughout the 8 weeks to help us understand how well the treatment program is improving your symptoms in the short-term so we can modify accordingly
Measuring the disease process over time has historically been a challenge. However, a tool created by Dr. Laurie Mischley and her research team at Bastyr University has made it much easier. This tool is called PRO-PD. The PRO-PD is a patient-centered, continuous measure of Parkinson’s disease severity that correlates to quality of life. It’s a free tool and we teach our PD-RENEW clients how to use it to help them track how their disease is progressing over time (lower scores are better and can be influenced by lifestyle factors such as diet, social health, etc.).
Who is leading the PD-RENEW program?
Natural Fit Therapy PWR Certified physical therapists will be leading the weekly counseling sessions with all the clients in this cohort. Our therapists have several years of experience working exclusively with people diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
The exercise sessions will be led by Natural Fit Therapy’s Parkinson’s Certified Therapists (PWR! and LSVT BIG Certifications).
Limited spots are available! Spots are open every 3 months!
you can Book a Free Discovery Session before program will be filled!
Where do the sessions take place?
What is the cost of the PD-RENEW program?
We have worked out a variety of discounts for clients with private insurance, Medicare beneficiaries, and clients who choose to pay privately. We also offer payment plans for those who qualify. Please give us a call at 512-730-0231 to discuss your specific situation.