How it all started…
Growing up, my mother suffered from schizophrenia, bipolar and depression and from an early age I had to care for her and support my younger brother. This is where my interest in health began. Aligning this with my passion for sport, traveling throughout both Australia and New Zealand playing tennis, I soon realised that using exercise and movement to improve people’s health was my calling.
Unfortunately, when I was on neurological placements, I found that clients being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's, motor neuron and many more, that were only being provided with medication and that was it. There were no exercise plans or rehabilitation protocols to help with clients balance, walking, fine motor skills, and daily activities at home and most importantly, simply helping with their confidence moving forward.
This is where my passion started with neurological rehabilitation - I knew there was a variety of exercise based neurological principles in research and I wanted to be able to educate allied health, medical practitioners, and most importantly clients, to provide them with the tools and support at home and in the community.
PD Revolution is a Parkinson's disease specific exercise program. The program is aimed to improve gait, reduce freezing episodes, improve balance, improve fine motor skills, delay the need to increase drug treatment and ultimately regain confidence and independence. PD Revolution is comprised of land and hydro based exercises through individual and group settings, but the real key to the program is the social, supportive environments created by staff and clients alike.