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Sense of Smell May Be a Vital Clue for Exercise Levels in Parkinson's Disease
Date:5/15/2013

order, causing tremor, muscle rigidity, difficulty walking, balance problems, and slowness of movement. Actually, Parkinson’s is almost always preceded by what is known as “non-motor signs,” problems that involve other body systems. These could be constipation, loss of smell, poor sleep, depression, and fatigue. As time progresses, the non-motor problems have to potential to severely impact the quality of life for people with the disease if not detected and treated properly.

Dr. Weinstock has developed an innovative methodology to evaluate and treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease and related disorders called ‘The Parkinson’s Exercise Prescription™’, or PEP. According to Dr. Weinstock, “PEP is a paradigm shift because it integrates research from the growing fields of neurocardiology and autonomic medicine in addition to current physical therapy approaches." Besides the smell identification test, Weinstock checks other aspects of non-motor involvement, which allows for the refinement of exercise levels for each patient with Parkinson’s. "This is absolutely critical as no two patients are alike. One could have severe non-motor problems, but relatively minor motor involvement. Another could be just the opposite. Parkinson’s is an extremely complex disease, and requires a complex physical therapy evaluation. That is why the approach is a ‘prescription’ and not a ‘program’—exercises are personalized for each patient."

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