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 name is Irvin Markham. I am a member of A2 Physical Therapy and Fitness. I have been a member of several gyms but never had a personal trainer. With no schedule or workout plan, I would always eventually quit. My wife suggested to go see her personal trainer Kristi Cruz. What a difference the experience has made in helping me get the most out of my workouts. Kristi has not only helped me get 71 year old body back in shape physically, but mentally as well. She has put me on a set schedule and encourages me to do all the things I need to do to stay healthy. I cannot thank Kristi and the entire staff at A2 for all of the support they have shown me."
"Before I started coming to A2 I was always tired and could barely pick up or carry my grandchildren a ½ block. After the first 6 weeks of working with Kristi I got a big surprise when I took my grandchildren to a festival and carried the youngest 4 blocks before she woke up enough to walk. I then picked her up and put her on my shoulders so she could see better without effort. I was amazed at how much strength I had gained in a short time. I continue to see improvement in my strength and I’m no longer tired all the time."
"I had a lot of fear after surgery, afraid that I would not regain mobility and strength. I feel that A2 helped me achieve a higher plateau of health, motion, and strength than I would’ve achieved elsewhere. Also, A2 has taught me the exercises to go even further, to strengthen and mobilize my shoulder. I fully trust A2 and will recommend them to all my friends, family, and coworkers. They have all treated both me and my wife with a gentle kindness that is rare today and have made us feel welcome in their care. Very professional, but with a sense of caring; that is how I would describe A2. I will miss them all and am very grateful to have been in their hands."