Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition which affects a person's movements, such as walking and talking. The most common association with the disease is the tremors that are suffered by the person affected. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, which is the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.

The dopamine-producing brain cells allow messages to be sent to the parts of the brain which co-ordinate movement. As these cells start to deplete, the brain is unable to function normally, and produces a movement disorder as a result of this.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

The symptoms associated with Parkinson's diseases are categorised as motor functions and non motor functions.

Motor functions:

  • Tremors are the first sign of Parkinson's in 70 per cent of cases
  • Slow movement
  • Stiffness of muscles
  • Balance and co-ordination

Non motor functions:

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Urinary urgency

These symptoms are collectively known as Parkinsonism, with Parkinson's disease being the most common form of Parkinsonism. However, the symptoms can also be signs of other, less common disorders. Other such conditions include multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

Treatment for Parkinson's disease

The Priory has been helping to treat people with Parkinson's disease for many years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs.

The services offered by Priory are usually on an inpatient basis for people who are struggling to cope in their own environment. At this time the team can best meet the needs of the individual.  In some cases the individual may remain with the Priory until the end of their life. This is why Priory's team of Parkinson's specialists are skilled at managing palliative care, supporting both the patient and family during this difficult time.

We offer a range of therapies to improve symptoms and promote the wellbeing of those in our care, these include: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and cranial sacral therapy (CST) alongside nutritional guidance from a dietitian.

Therapies available at the Priory to treat Parkinson’s disease include:

Physiotherapy – to work with impaired motor functions. This involves practicing gait, balance and co-ordination as well as maximising normal movement, alongside improving/maintaining respiratory function.

Occupational therapy – to assist with activities associated with daily living, including dressing, washing, eating, bathing and toileting.

Speech and language therapy – to provide advice and assist with exercises used to retrain a person's voice.

Cranial sacral therapy (CST) – research has shown that this type of treatment has a very positive impact as an adjunct with the conventional therapy.

Dietary – nutritional advice from a dietician on food including preventing bowel impaction, the importance of fluids, Parkinson's and bone health and food, mood, and stress.


For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Parkinson's disease, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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