Men and women are affected about equally often. As the disease progresses, those affected are usually restricted in their ability to move, e.g. when getting out of bed or walking. Some patients’ balance is so severely impaired that they often fall.
The drug therapy usually required or the insertion of a deep brain stimulator do not cure the disease, but alleviate the symptoms. It has been proven that intensive physical activity has a positive influence on the course of the disease and quality of life. In physiotherapy and occupational therapy, suitable exercises and strategies are instructed with the aim of encouraging those affected to exercise independently on a daily basis.
Swallowing assessment and therapy
- During the inpatient stay, possible swallowing problems are assessed in detail by the FOT (Facio Oral Tract) therapists.
- Those affected are advised on possible diet and consistency adjustments
- Possible assistance (posture, use of aids, etc.) and compensation techniques with regard to swallowing are offered and trained
The physiotherapy team offers a special group therapy to learn a specific home program.
Information on the Parkinson's training group
Recommendations from guidelines and findings from studies have shown that balance and walking can be positively influenced by training.
Exercises from the group therapy are adapted to the individual performance level and should be performed 3 times a week at home. You will receive the exercises in writing as a small book. There is also space for personal exchange during the lesson.
Trial training: by prior arrangement
University Hospital Zurich
Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy North A1 207
Start: Mondays, 12.00-13.00 hrs
Start each calendar week 4, 19, 39
Requirements for you
- Walk safely without aids
- Willingness to learn exercises and do them alone at home
- the completed registration form
- New physiotherapy prescription signed by the doctor
Please bring: Comfortable clothing; non-slip socks or clean shoes, sufficient checkrooms are available
Cancellation of therapy: In exceptional cases or in the event of illness, cancel by telephone up to the day before, appointment will then not be charged
Ms. Daniela Hurni, physiotherapist
Frauenklinikstr. 26, 8091 Zurich
Tel. + 41 44 255 55 82
The physical and occupational therapy treatment is based on close cooperation with the prescribing doctors. Through the targeted use of assessments, the specific parameters are measured over time and compared with the medical adjustments.