Improving posture to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's: a CBP ® case report with a 21 month follow-up

J Phys Ther Sci. 2019 Feb;31(2):153-158. doi: 10.1589/jpts.31.153. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

Abstract

[Purpose] To demonstrate the reduction of symptoms related to Parkinson's disease by improvement in posture. [Participant and Methods] A 59-year-old male patient presented with a prior diagnosis of Parkinson's. Symptoms included a resting right hand tremor, intermittent 'freezing episodes' with gait, mild ataxia with shuffling on toes and bradykinesia assisted with a cane, as well as low back pain and right knee pain. Radiography revealed gross postural and spine deformity. The patient received Chiropractic BioPhysics care including mirror image exercises, spinal traction, spinal adjustments as well as gait rehabilitation. [Results] After 38 treatments over 5 months, the patient had significant improvements in posture alignment as well as gait, balance, hand tremors, low back and knee pains and SF-36 values. A 21 month follow-up revealed the patient had remained essentially well and the initial postural improvements were maintained. [Conclusion] This case demonstrates improvement of various symptoms in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Since poor posture is a long known clinical manifestation of this disorder, it is proposed that the improvement of posture in these patients may lead to improved outcomes. X-ray use in the diagnosis and management in those with spine deformity is safe and not carcinogenic.

Keywords: Adult spinal deformity; Parkinson’s disease; Posture rehabilitation.

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  • Case Reports