Fighting for Function
Physical therapy is successful in improving walking, balance, flexibility and overall functional mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease. Mentally challenging exercises that are directed at a particular skill and involve aerobic conditioning demonstrate the most functional improvement in people with this condition. The Fighting for Function program incorporates all of these elements.
Based on non-contact boxing training, the Fighting for Function program is a skilled physical therapy program that incorporates the following elements:
- Aerobic and anaerobic conditioning
- Carryover to improve walking, balance and activities of daily living
- Core stabilization exercises
- Dynamic stretching
- Eye-hand coordination and agility training
- Multidirectional footwork and punching motions, while maintaining balance control
- Postural awareness strategies
- Strategies for using learned skills for everyday tasks
Fighting for Function was developed by Josh McGough, PT, DPT, a former Golden Gloves champion of Western Pennsylvania, who is also LSVT BIG® certified with years of experience working with people with Parkinson’s disease. The program’s individualized sessions are conducted by a trained physical therapist.
Prior to planning the program, a thorough evaluation is performed to determine if it is the most appropriate physical therapy option to achieve set goals. Once the program is completed, a community Fighting for Function option is available for those interested in continuing this unique form of training.
- Two to three sessions per week
- One hour per session
To find out more about our Fighting for Function program or to register to get started, call 304 598-1100.