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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.

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.

The 10 spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 2022.

What does the exercise program consist of?

Our PD-RENEW program protocol is 60- minute sessions 2-3 days per week for 8 weeks with a Parkinson’s certified Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant.

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.

We utilize the components of an effective Parkinson’s exercise program that focus on big, powerful movements, dual-tasking (ie. thinking and moving at the same time), and mindfulness.

What will be covered in the 1-on-1 counseling sessions?

Research is emerging showing us that certain lifestyle factors are correlated with faster and slower Parkinson’s symptom progression and that lifestyle modification can be a therapeutic strategy. In these sessions, clients learn how to implement various wellness practices that have been correlated with slower disease progression.

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?

Strategies to manage Parkinson’s disease fall into two buckets:

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?

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT will be leading the weekly counseling sessions with all the clients in this cohort. Sarah is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 7+ years of experience working exclusively with people diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
She is a PWR! Certifified physical therapist and prior to joining the Natural Fit Therapy team, spent 6 years running Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness, a Parkinson’s specifific physical therapy and wellness practice.
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The PD-RENEW program is based on Sarah’s experience as a therapist working with PWP, as well as the most up-to-date Parkinson’s research from powerhouses like Dr. Laurie Mischley, Dr. John Duda, and Dr. Bas Bloem.

The exercise sessions will be led by Natural Fit Therapy’s Parkinson’s Certified Therapists (PWR! and LSVT BIG Certifications).

Where do the sessions take place?

The exercise portion of the program can be done at our clinic in North Austin or at the client’s home (depending on client’s preference). The counseling portion of the program will take place virtually via Zoom.
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What is the cost of the PD-RENEW program?

The value of the entire program at Natural Fit Therapy’s existing rate is $5,250. However, we believe this program is truly life-changing for people living with Parkinson’s and want to make it accessible to anyone who is interested.

We have worked out a variety of discounts for clients with private insurance, Medicare beneficiaries, and clients who choose to pay privately, and we are reducing the rate of the program even further for the first 10 clients to go through the PD-RENEW program. We also offer payment plans for those who qualify. Please give us a call at 512-730-0231 to discuss your specific situation.

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