Parkinson’s disease affects more than 50,000 Americans each year. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include muscle rigidity, tremors and changes in speech and gait. Parkinson’s causes are unknown, but aging, genetics and toxins are currently being researched.
Many people in the community are being affected by this life-changing disease. CMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is making a difference in the lives of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease in the local community.
The physical medicine and rehabilitation department of Cumberland Medical Center is comprised of highly motivated and qualified therapists and support staff. CMC offers physical, occupational and speech therapy to Cumberland County and the surrounding area. The rehab staff reflects CMC’s mission of providing excellent service to the community.
One of the ways CMC rehab staff is making a difference is by providing an exercise class geared toward Parkinson’s every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Wellness Center in Fairfield Glade. The class is under the direction of new rehab director,David Manestar, PT.
Exercise is the only known regimen to help decrease symptoms of Parkinson’s disease at this time. Exercise can help keep muscles strong and improve flexibility and mobility. Exercise will slow the disease from progressing, and it decreases joint stiffness and improves balance and gait.
Along with the exercise class, the rehab staff at CMC is also taking a “musical” approach to help people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. The Tremble Clefs is a nationwide program for people with Parkinson’s disease and their partners. They are very excited to be the first group in Tennessee to be a part of the Tremble Clefs.
The program establishes singing groups in which individuals share in a joyful activity with therapeutic results, while working on a common goal. The program can help address voice and communication problems through breathing, stretching and posture exercises, vocal exercises, rhythm and movement and a strong support system.
The group is under the direction of one of the members from the rehab staff, Becki Jordan, PTA, and is accompanied by Rebecca Gentry. The group is currently meeting every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Fairfield Glade. The group has been meeting for a few weeks now and will be performing some favorite Christmas carols at Cumberland Medical Center Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. They are also scheduled to perform Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Good Samaritan in Fairfield Glade.
Anyone who suffers from Parkinson’s disease is welcome to join either or both groups, free of charge. Also, being able to “sing” is not a requirement for the choir.
Speech, occupational and physical therapy are currently being offered at the CMC Physical Medicine home location at CMC. Also, physical therapy is being offered in Fairfield Glade at the Wellness Center. For more information regarding their services or the Parkinson’s classes, call CMC Physical Medicine at 459-7291 or the Fairfield Glade Wellness Center at 707-8420 (option #3 for physical therapy).