I am pleased to receive and share a testimonial from a caregiver of partner diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“I am the caretaker of my husband who is recovering from Parkinson’s Disease. When I first took him to see Renee last March, his muscles were very tight and constricted making it difficult for him to get in and out of our vehicle. I also had difficulty getting him in and out of his bed. He also had a fear based mind, and was living in survival mode. After six months of treatments, one treatment a week, he is now more flexible and living more freely, not always in survival mode. Although he still lives in fear, he has improved to a place where he has more self-confidence and love for himself. I am very grateful for Renee and her Feldenkrais treatments as it has given us the opportunity to travel more freely. It has also made my work at home easier with his shower and assisting him in and out of bed.” BL
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015
Feldenkrais® Method Research
This study demonstrates that the disabilities of Parkinson’s Disease can be lessened with early Feldenkrais intervention as gains are made in musculoskeletal flexibility, alignment and functional movement. Early intervention is important and can delay the need for pharmacological intervention, which, because of long-term use, is associated with potentially unwanted and toxic side effects. The study illustrates improvements in balance, gait, and functional movement made by an individual who was not yet receiving medication for Parkinson’s disease. A second case study illustrates improvements of balance gait and functional movement made by an individual who was already receiving medication for the disease. These case studies illustrate the dramatic improvements that Feldenkraisintervention can achieve in the patient with Parkinson’s disease.
Shenkman, M., Donovan, J., Tsubota, J., Kluss, M., Stebbins, P., Butler, R. Management of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: Rationale and Case Studies. Physical Therapy 69: 944-955, 1989.
Wendell, L. L. Some effects of the Feldenkrais Method on Parkinson’s symptoms and function. Unpublished case study by L. L. Wendell client and Marilyn Johnson, Feldenkrais Practitioner. June 2000.
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