I have started going to physical therapy, per my neurologists instructions. Yesterday the therapist (Mike) allowed John to come in and observe. Mike took time to explain why he was having me do each activity and instructed John on how he could assist me at home, to help me stretch the muscles and tendons which are typically drawn tight with Parkinson’s.
I have always been pretty limber and could touch my toes without bending my knees. So I never saw the benefit of stretching before exercising. But times have changed. He had me stand on a foot board which angled the foot up to a 45 degree angle, which stretched the muscles in the calf of the leg. I felt it for three days after.
Mostly, the effort is to improve my posture. And level my shoulders, because I lean to the left so much. Mike also works with me, giving me suggestions to help me remember to swing my arms and where to place my feet. He says I walk in a scissor step crossing one foot in front of the other.
I went to my primary care doctor today for him to review all of the results of the recent blood work and other tests he had ordered. He said everything looked perfect. No sugar problems, no high cholesterol, heart, thyroid, liver and kidney function are all great.
I received a bonus container of “Pure Creatine” with a mail order. A couple months ago, I decided to go to the internet to see what it was used for and was surprised to see claims that some people feel it has been helpful for PwP. I use an electrolyte drink mix recommended by my primary care doctor. To my surprise, a scoop of the Creatine added to a 12 oz bottle of electrolyte blends right in and is flavorless. So, I am using it up.
Who knows? Perhaps the Creatine will work in synergy with the StemEnhance I am taking. I can definitely report the B1 Thiamine has helped resolve my balance issues, And the Amantadine continues to provide me with unparalleled energy.