Publications & Articles

 “… in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles.” - Maria Popova

Listen! Why Use Auditory Feedback?

Listen! It is important to listen in order to improve the  speed, timing, symmetry and rhythm of movements “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin • How effective is the feedback you provide to your clients when helping them learn new movement patterns? • What is your style of intervention? Telling, teaching, or involving? • What type of feedback do you provide? Visual, auditory, more…

Train to Take Longer and Faster Steps with Trunk/Leg Coordination Using Multi-Sensory Feedback

Exercise Example: Step forward or backwards with trunk extensions and rotation The first goal of these exercises is to coordinate head, trunk, leg movements. The second goal is to target hip extension and push off to help with forward progression, foot clearance of swing leg and increase walking speed. WHY FEEDBACK? Visual feedback Improve spatial parameters of movement by promoting increased trunk extension and rotation. Audi more…

What's your focus? Improving Motor Performance

I just reread a great article on the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning and decided to apply it to my class for people with PD this am and was impressed with the results.  I had the attendees focus on external focus of attention rather than internal focus of body movements.  For example, during the warmup, I said “reach toward the ceiling and push through the floor” to improve posture extending their hips and knees as they pushed through the floor more…

Making Changes...One (Sparkly) Step at a Time

Making Changes … One (Sparkly) Step at a Time   “Fancy Nancy” is an uplifting, positive patient who has been such a pleasure to work with. She spreads sparkle wherever she goes … literally. Nancy put sparkles on her cane and sells similar ones to others to brighten their days. Just like it is with any of my patients, it was such a pleasure to see her finally reach her goal. This past week, “Fancy Nancy” walked into the clinic with a huge smile more…

Excerpt Written by Erica DeMarch in the Pathology Textbook

Every patient with PD should be educated on neuroprotection and neuroplasticity, and the earlier they are educated, the better.  In treating those diagnosed with a progressive disorder, you want to empower them on how they can change their brain and maximize the benefits of their exercise program.  The intensity, difficulty, complexity and specificity of exercises need to be explained and incorporated in their exercise routines.  Although they ma more…

How Well Do We Maintain Our Own Bodies for Balance?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein How well do we maintain our own bodies for balance? As well as a rider would maintain their bicycle? If we want to keep both upright and moving forward, both our body and our bicycle need to be in good condition.  The need for a maintenance plan and for repairs of a bicycle are determined bya professional mechanic after careful analysis of its curr more…

The Importance of Exercise and Understanding the Most Effective Program for you

Often people tell me they know exercise is important but do not know what is the best for them.  Others tell me they know it is important but do not have the motivation to exercise.  Exercise should change what you are able to do each day.  Having more energy to do the things that are meaningful to you should be a part of your goal setting.  This will increase your motivation to exercise and may also result in changes such as faster walking speed more…