Physiotherapy (also known by physical therapy) focuses primarily on care to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better.
When you start your exercise routine or have your first appointment with your physiotherapist (if you have one), you will likely focus on gait, balance transfers, general strengthening, coordination, and postural stability.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s needs and capabilities are different so training may vary for each user but all exercise aim to prevent falls, promote body control, build coordination and more. Together with regular exercises you and your PT can work on:
- Gait and balance
- Fall prevention
- Aerobic capacity
- Muscle strength
- Wheelchair prescription and training
- Respiratory function
- Task-specific reach, grasp, and manipulation
During the early stage of the disease, physical therapists (PTs) can improve the health and wellness of people with HD by:
- Teaching them ways to keep their energy high so that they feel less tired during
- Teaching an exercise program including aerobic exercise such as walking or riding a stationary bicycle to improve overall health and fitness, stretching exercises to keep muscles from getting tight, strengthening exercises for muscles that are important for good posture and keeping the body steady, and balance exercises.
…and that’s just what our app aims to do!
For more info, check out the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Neurology fact sheet on Physical Therapy and Huntington’s Disease.