Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease, a chronic degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Both balance and gait are affected by Parkinson’s and usually worsen over time. In recent years, I’ve found it difficult to walk in a straight line and often stagger, almost failing; the more complex the environment—clutter, other people, cars in parking lots, etc—the more likely the problem manifests itself.
Physical therapy at Peak Performance has been very helpful to me, improving my symptoms markedly. Therapist, Mitchell Henig evaluated my gait and balance and developed a plan to help me. He began slowly, with simple walking and movement tasks; with practice and careful guidance, I improved. Then he changed the task in a way that made it more challenging. Gradually, with these small changes and through repetition, my gait and balance are much improved. I can walk confidently, both arms swing appropriately and I don’t stagger. This has been a great experience for me. Working with the expert guidance of Mitch and Alex has made a big difference. I will continue doing my “home work” and know I can return for more therapy if I need it. The people at Peak Performance are caring and make—what is sometimes difficult—seem easier.