Exercise has multiple benefits for everybody. But for people suffering from Parkinson’s, a movement disorder, it can have even greater importance. A recent article by the New York Times emphasizes the power of exercise for Parkinsons Disease patients.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease (PD), but there are ways to mitigate the suffering, promote a higher quality of life and autonomy. Exercise is one way of doing it. The New York Times quotes Marilyn Moffat, physical therapist at New York University: “The earlier people begin exercising after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the higher the intensity of exercise they achieve, the better they are”. She adds that activities such as cycling, boxing and dancing have proved to have benefits on Parkinson’s patients’ lives. The results are stronger muscles and overall physical health, improved breathing, diggestion and blood circulation and enhanced mental and cognitive health.
However, according to a study on Parkinson’s Rehabilitation, “only 63% of the PD patients were referred to physical therapy for problems with gait, posture, transfers and balance.” For problems related to arms and hand activities, only 9% were referred to therapy.”
Portugal hosts an innovative and multi-strategy rehabilitation program for PD, developed by the renowned Professor Joaquim Ferreira, chair of the European Section of the Movement Disorder Society. At Campus Neurológico Sénior, Parkinson’s patients and caregivers can learn to cope with the disease, through a program that includes two main components: exercising and education.
It combines multiple training programs such as LSTV BIG, LSTV LOUD, Hydrotherapy Bad Ragaz & Halliwick, Adapted Parkinson Boxing Aerobics and Dance Therapy for PD, which are adapted to the patients’ needs. If you wish to learn more about this program, contact us or visit our dedicated webpage: www.medicalport.org/parkinsons.
Whether it’s the consequence of a sports injury, a bad fall, a work accident, rehabilitation decisions require access to proper and thorough rehabilitation programs. Different physiotherapy needs require different treatment methods and techniques.
For those who had orthopaedic surgery, physiotherapy programs are designed according to the specific needs and the overall health of the patient so that total recovery can be achieved. All physiotherapy needs are taken into account, depending on the condition, the age and the needs of the patient.
For professional high performance athletes, physical therapy programs should be aimed at helping them achieve a quick and effective recovery and to prepare them to return to practising sports as soon as they are ready minimising the risk for further injuries.
Medical Port’s network of physical therapy centres includes professionals with recognition in the field, known for treating the world’s best athletes and sports clubs. These professionals are trained and qualified to delivery great results, also because the physiotherapy centres with which Medical Port partners have the most advanced physiotherapy equipment and technology available.
Portugal is a great destination for physical therapy and rehabilitation treatments not only for the expertise and knowledge of Portuguese physiotherapists, but also because it’s proven that recovering in a sunny weather is more effective. According to Harvard Health soaking up in the sun in order to absorb vitamin D is important for the bones and the overall health. “Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Low levels of vitamin D lead to low bone calcium stores, increasing the risk of fractures. As bone calcium density falls, bones become weak and fracture-prone. Most studies show that a lack of vitamin D increases the risk of osteoporosis and the likelihood of hip and other nonspinal fractures.”
With the goal to better serve the healthcare needs of Mozambicans, Medical Port partnered with a local representative to promote its healthcare services and help Mozambicans to have access to medical treatment in Portugal.
The launching event took place on February 25 at Hotel Southern Sun, in Maputo. Guests were Mozambicans and Portuguese living in Mozambique. Attendees had the chance to get to know Medical Port’s services and also learned innovative non-invasive assessment techniques with a presentation from a cardiovascular physician.
Due to lack of options of healthcare in their country, Mozambicans usually travel for medical care to nearby countries. For those who seek to travel to Portugal for business or leisure, they can also book medical treatments through Medical Port’s partner network of private hospitals and clinics. With a long history of friendship between Portugal and Mozambique, the common language makes Portugal an interesting option for Mozambicans.
All Medical Port services are customized to the specific needs of the clients. Some of the areas are diagnosis and check-up, exams and consultations, plastic surgery and physical rehabilitation. These offerings are designed to provide a complete, rigorous and effective solution for a health concern that may not be covered in the client’s home country. Besides medical care, Medical Port plans and organizes the trip and the stay. Leisure activities can be planned according to the medical treatment the client will receive. Before and after the trip, the client can have remote consultations with the selected physicians to clarify concerns and for follow-up.
The 4 specific programs are: health check-up, obesity diagnosis assessment, weight-loss, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
The health check-up is a week long program to reinforce the commitment to healthy living by undergoing a thorough health examination while enjoying cultural activities with Mediterranean style cuisine. Health prevention is important to reduce health risks and also improve the length and quality of life. This program assesses how good your health is and advises on lifestyle improvements and can be done in Lisbon or Oporto.
The obesity diagnosis assessment program lasts 15 days in Lisbon, and is for individuals previously diagnosed with excess weight or pre-obese by medical standards. Allows for the adequate understanding of the origin of the condition and approaches it in a holistic way to achieve positive long-term results.
The weight-loss program lasts 15 days in Lisbon and is target at individuals who would like a diet plan for weight-loss and don’t know where to start. It helps to understand lifestyle habits and changes necessary to lose weight. Combining exams, consultations, nutritionist advice and exercise for a great weight-loss start.
For physical therapy and rehabilitation, there is a 15 day program in Lisbon or Oporto. For individuals who seek to recover from surgery, a bad fall, a work accident or an orthopaedic injury. The program follows a careful decision making process, and proper and thorough rehabilitation so that individuals can recover their natural movements and mobility.
Medical Port has plans to expand the medical tourism offerings to the Arabic speaking world in the next few months.