Here at Onondaga PT, one of the many treatment techniques that we offer is amplitude training. Amplitude training is when certain body movements are exaggerated and are made to look big, or larger than how you would typically move.
In PD, walking, bed mobility, or sit to stands may be completed in smaller movements. Over time, this can lead to decreased amplitude and movement capability as PD progresses. However, there is a way to “bypass” this part of the disease process.
How do you bypass some of the effects of PD you are probably asking?
Well, typically movement signals are sent to a region of the brain called the basal ganglia, and in PD the basal ganglia is the main area that the disease affects. With amplitude training, you are actually able to “bypass” the basal ganglia part of your brain which can produce more normalized amplitude with your movements. Thus, with proper amplitude training and physical exercise, an individual may be able to significantly improve their movement capabilities, which can help over the long term with living with PD.