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Parkinson’s Disease - Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment

Parkinson’s Disease - Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment

Parkinson’s Disease - Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment

This course includes
1:02:59 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Course Forum
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in July 2019


Research showing the benefits of exercise as a primary treatment for Parkinson’s Disease has exploded over the last 5 years.

As physiotherapists, our expertise is integral in providing effective functional exercise for this population.

This online physiotherapy course will aim to update therapists on the current research regarding exercise and the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and provide tools that can be immediately applied to clinical practice.


Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice

 As Physiotherapists, we are considered front-line experts in the areas of human movement and exercise.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease and it is estimated that the number of Canadians over 65 living with PD will more than double by 2031. As therapists, this means that we can expect to encounter significantly higher numbers of these clients in both public health, and private practice settings over the coming years.

Given the multitude of recent studies regarding the disease-modifying benefits of exercise on Parkinson’s, it is integral that we as therapists are up to date on our clinical and “best practice” knowledge and understand how to translate this research into effective client treatment. It is our responsibility as clinicians to educate our clients on the importance of exercise and design effective and individualized programs to help manage their symptoms and mitigate disease progression.

This population presents a clear opportunity to apply our expertise and use functional movement strategies to optimize neuroplastic change in the brain and improve both motor and non-motor symptoms for these clients. In doing this we can also significantly contribute to falls reduction and client independence, therefore, reducing the immense healthcare costs associated with this progressive condition.


Learning Objectives

In this online course, participants will:

  1. Explain and discuss the current research regarding exercise and physiotherapy treatment as a primary factor in the management of Parkinson’s Disease including the basic neurophysiology of how exercise affects this population.

  2. Describe the primary components which should be included in an effective Parkinson’s exercise treatment plan.

  3. Leave with at least 3 functional exercises they can use in clinical practice and will have an understanding of how to build upon these using effective and specific principles relevant to this population.



This presentation/practical will aim to update physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals on the current research regarding exercise and the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and provide tools that can be immediately applied to clinical practice.

Join the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for this online course 'Parkinson’s Disease - Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment'. For more information about the CPA-Embodia partnership, please visit this page.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Naomi Casiro
MPT, BSc., PWR! Certified therapist, Bobath trained

Naomi Casiro is a Physiotherapist and the founder of NeuroFit BC, a Parkinson's only physiotherapy practice. She is a certified PWR! Therapist and has completed both basic and advanced postgraduate training in the Bobath concept.

Naomi is an educator for clinicians on the topic of treating Parkinson's both at UBC and through her course "Changing Parkinson's: Exercise as a Primary Treatment".

She has a background in Kinesiology and Personal Training and strives to combine the worlds of exercise and rehab to give patients a more effective approach to health and recovery. Naomi is currently running both group and 1:1 Parkinson’s treatment programs and aims to open Vancouver’s first Neuro-Gym to specifically service PD and Stroke patients in the future.

Course Material included in this course
  • What Is Parkinson's?
  • Welcome
  • Naomi's Presentation in Prezi format
  • Introduction and Objectives
  • What Is Parkinson's?
  • What Does Dopamine Do?
  • Symptoms
  • Parkinson's Gait Videos
  • Freezing of Gait
  • Non-Motor Symptoms
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • How We Treat Parkinson's
  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Exercise Principles
  • Parkinson's Exercise Video
  • More Resources
  • Quiz
  • What's Next?
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Trunk Rotation for Parkinson's
  • Rocking on All Fours For Parkinson's
  • Trunk Extension for Parkinson's in Sitting
  • Trunk Extension for Parkinson's in Standing
  • Gait and Rotation for Parkinson's
  • Gait Training for Parkinson's

This course has been approved for 3 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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