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Physiotherapy at the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic Ortenau

In individual therapy sessions, the different problems a patient is experiencing are recorded and treated with individual measures and strategies.

The main goal of the physiotherapy and exercise therapy is to maintain the general mobility and to counteract further restrictions in movements. In the early stages of the disease, strength and endurance training as well as mobility, balance and walking ability are in the foreground.

In advanced stages, physiological motions are impaired or even lost and need to be relearned. Furthermore, the prevention of falls and specific instructions for caregivers are focussed on.


Core areas of the therapy include:


  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Fall management in case of risk of falling, if necessary, use of appropriate aids
  • Coordination
  • Cueing in case of motor blockades
  • Gait training
  • Strength/agility
  • Pain reduction
  • Loosening/relaxation of muscles
  • Perception training


Various exercise devices are used for support


  • Climbing wall
  • Strength training equipment
  • MOTOmed®
  • Exercise bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Crosstrainers


A suitable activity, appropriate to the patient’s performance level is available for all patients in three homogeneous offered exercise groups.


In addition, there are further group activities on offer for patients:

  • Morning gymnastics
  • Nordic Walking
  • Medical exercise therapy


The therapy strategies are structured in such a way that effective treatment approaches consisting of combined therapy concepts are used efficiently for Parkinson-specific and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system.


We offer the following treatment concepts:


  • Bobath
  • Manual therapy
  • PNF
  • Cranial-sacral therapy
  • Myoreflex therapy
  • Sling therapy
  • Kinesio-Tape
  • Sports therapy
  • Specific exercises according to the LSVT Big concept, performed by certified BIG therapists


Physical measures add to the physiotherapeutic treatment combination. The increased circulation and analgesic effect of these treatments can provide temporary relief for patients suffering from pain.


Physical treatments


  • Massage
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Thermal and cooling treatments
  • Electro-therapy
  • Ultrasound

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