What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s Programme


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What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a long-term degenerative disorder that affects movement and coordination. It develops more commonly in people between 55 and 65 years of age, although people of other ages can be affected. Symptoms develop over many years and usually first present as a tremor, rigidity or slowness of movement.

Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the substantia nigra, which lies deep in the brain. These nerve cells are responsible for producing a brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine allows for controlled and coordinated movements and when levels drop, movements become slow and uncoordinated.


Parkinson’s Programme

Research has shown that regular exercise can help slow the decline in quality of life so establishing exercise habits early is essential. At our Greenlane, Auckland branch we offer Parkinson’s specific exercise classes. Classes are led by a Physiotherapist and designed for those who still have mobility and want to increase their activity levels.

Location & Times
This service is available at our Auckland Regional Centre.

Classes are held every Tuesday & Thursday (expect public holidays) from 9am to 10am.

An initial Parkinson’s Assessment is required prior to joining. Please email us at info@lft.co.nz or call +64 9 524 0537 to book.


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