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Physiotherapy contributes to quality of life for people with Parkinson’s

CSP press release published on 20 January 2016

CSP responds to new research and evidence

The evidence

Responding to a study about the effectiveness of physiotherapy treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease, Carley King, professional adviser at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“We want to reassure people with Parkinson’s who are currently working with their physiotherapist that it continues to be in the best interests for them managing their condition and supporting their quality of life.

“That is why physiotherapy is a key component of national and European guidelines for Parkinson’s and why Parkinson’s UK has come out so strongly in support of access to therapy following this publication.

“The study highlights how low-intensity physiotherapy – on average, just four sessions - may have a limited impact in isolation.

“This emphasises, therefore, the importance of ensuring people with Parkinson’s disease have access to physiotherapy when required, and at an intensity that is shown to have an effect, in order to sustain the benefits over the longer term.”

Notes to editors

For further information please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Jon Ryan, head of press & PR on 07917 091200 or John Millington, PR and social media officer, on 07766 994141.

Notes for Editors:

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 54,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.
  2. Read the original research on the JAMA Neurology website: Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy vs No Therapy in Mild to Moderate Parkinson DiseaseA Randomized Clinical Trial

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