EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT THERAPY PROGRAMS
PWR!Moves® is a PD-specific exercise program developed to retrain and maintain skilled movement.
The program focuses on four basic moves (UP/ROCK/ TWIST/STEP) that can be performed in a sitting, standing or floor position.
Dance for PD®
Dance for PD® began through a collaboration between
the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and now offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners through a network of affiliates in more than 100 communities in 13 countries around the world. Dance for PD classes allow people with Parkinson’s to creatively address symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence through dance.
Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing is designed to improve the quality of life for people battling Parkinson's disease through non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness training. Classes are divided into four levels based upon each person’s unique Parkinson’s symptoms and overall level of fitness. Learn more at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.
13 class locations in Northern California and
16 class locations in Southern California, as of 1/17.
LSVT BIG® is an exercise therapy designed to improve movement, gait, and balance through an amplitude-based training protocol for people with Parkinson's disease. Learn more at LSVTGlobal.com.
Find an LSVT BIG clinician in CA.
Yoga for Parkinson's online class
The Northwest Parkinson's Foundation is sponsoring a
"Yoga for Parkinson's Live Broadcast" every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm PT , beginning Wednesday, April 27. The class is online and free of charge. Archived classes will be available 24 hours after each live session.
Listings of PD EXERCISE & THERAPY CLASSES
in Northern and Southern California
The Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach program (parkinsons.stanford.edu) maintains an online listing of PD exercise classes throughout Northern and Central California.
View class locations and details.
List compiled by the Southern California Parkinson's Newsletter.
Parkinson's disease symptoms can be managed through medication, exercise, and complementary therapies such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, along with a healthy lifestyle that includes lowered stress levels and good nutrition. In some cases, deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be helpful for treating specific motor symptoms. PD is most effectively treated through a team approach to care that includes a neurologist specializing in movement disorders (movement disorder specialist), the patient, caregiver or family member, and allied health professionals such as physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers.
SPEECH THERAPY & MUSIC PROGRAMS
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT)
LSVT LOUD® is a speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. It is designed to improve voice quality through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Learn more at LSVTGlobal.com.
Parkinson Voice Project
Parkinson Voice Project is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson's regain and maintain their voices through the SPEAK OUT and LOUD CROWD voice therapy programs.
SongShine classes provide music, speech, and creative drama based voice therapy for those with Parkinson's disease, stroke, other neurological disorders, or aging voices.
Orange County Tremble Clefs
Find a Movement Disorder Specialist
The Partners in Parkinson's website provides a Movement Disorder Specialist Finder tool, created in collaboration with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. To find a specialist in your area, visit
Movement Disorder Specialist Practice News (CA-based)
- Feb. 2016 New Movement Disorders Neurology Practice Opens in Santa Barbara. Visit www.movementdocs.com.
California Parkinson's Support Network
a resource directory for California Parkinson's patients, families, & caregivers
Why See a Parkinson's Specialist? (from UCSF Parkinson's Disease Clinic and Research Center Patient's Guide)
Medical Care for Parkinson's
Complementary Therapies for Parkinson's