Trunk Mobility


Trunk mobility refers to the natural movement of our torso with motion between the shoulders and pelvis when we walk and change direction, reach overhead, look behind us, and get in or out of bed. For some people with Parkinson’s disease, lack of trunk mobility can be a severe impairment due to rigidity.  On top of that, postural instability may increase a person’s stooped posture and further affect limited trunk rotation.

Regularly incorporating trunk rotation activities into physical therapy sessions and a regular exercise and stretching program can help promote natural movement of the ribcage, shoulders, and pelvis and assist in the prevention of some secondary effects of Parkinson’s disease such as reduced range of motion and difficulty breathing.  There are hundreds of creative ways to promote trunk mobility, and seeking professional expertise is highly encouraged especially for people with Parkinson’s disease due to other common symptoms which should be considered. Visiting a physical therapist is a safe way to start with creating a tailored exercise and stretching program.

Regardless of the degree Parkinson’s symptoms have affected trunk mobility, the therapists at A2 Physical Therapy are here to help. We also work closely with other Parkinson’s resources and groups in Tacoma, and we are happy to help connect Parkinson’s specific programs in the area to those who may benefit. If you, a friend, or family member has Parkinson’s, we invite you to come by for a visit to see how we can help with the management of symptoms and promote trunk mobility for safer, more natural movements and improved posture. 

"My experience was great. Pain in my lower right quadrant of my back is virtually gone. This has improved my quality of life tremendously. Everyone I had contact with was very courteous and helpful. Special thanks to Alika and Danny for helping me learn exercises that have helped my back. Thank you."

− Ken

"I started at A2 about mid-July and I am in the 9:00 am Friday class. A2 has opened me up to new levels of a workout. There is no “golden Standard”. Everyone goes to the best of their abilities. I feel like I can workout without being judged. In my class there are my mom, dad, aunt Lori, aunt Amber, my cousin Mandy and our newest addition Randy. Kristi is always encouraging us to give our all. She is never telling us that we aren’t doing the workout right. Instead she helps us grow by kindly telling us if we do it this way we will get more out of it and she always helps us get there. I decided to do cross country this year and I feel like I can go and be successful and strong because of my A2 workout. Thank you so much for helping me grow in my health."

− Genevieve

"Dan was great to work with, as was the whole staff at A2 PT. I have been through PT on my shoulders twice before with different places and by far this has been my best experience. As a fit person, who wanted to remain active during my recovery- I felt like my PT program covered that. Dan knew what my preferred activities were and tailored my treatment to be able to do those things. The treatment plan was more like a workout and I loved it. I felt like each week I was getting stronger. I also appreciated that I was asked for constant feedback about how I was feeling/doing. If I ever need PT again (fingers crossed I don’t) I’ll be back!"

− Tracey