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. 

"I’ve had 4 surgeries with different physical therapy clinics and this was my favorite. I felt comfortable and felt like I mattered to my PT which was a good feeling. My progress was as I had expected and any time I had a question or concern it was always answered and my PT adjusted. If it needed to be to avoid the pain I had I didn’t feel pressured to have more PT appointments or pressured to do workouts that aggravated my pain. Thank you for your help! I think offering stem and ultrasound for every patient will be really beneficial. Great experience overall."

− A.S.

"My wife was trying to get me to go to A2 after she was enjoying the classes. I am busy and wanted to go but always had an excuse. Well one she pre-paid for me to go. Time for me to face my fears about why I hadn’t been going because now I am going. First, I was in ok shape active just not work out shape plus what if I couldn’t beat my wife or the other women in class? What if I passed out?

As Saturday approached my fears rose and my brain searched for an excuse. Yet when I arrived at the class what I found was nothing like I was fearing, quite the opposite. Everyone is focused on their own pace. While being motivating Kristi is not forceful but positive and supportive, coaching each person at their ability.

It has not been a month of one day a week, my body has reacted by toning up, my six pack is back. My wife was mad and happy at the same time. I have been seeing a chiropractor for maintenance and recently my body is firming up and I do not feel the aches and pains of getting older. Was I sore after the first workout? Yes for a few days I was sore, but each week the soreness would decrease. After a month I am not sore but stiff the next day, feeling stronger each workout.

Thank you, A2 Physical Therapy and Kristi, for the good music and for pushing us without pressuring us."

− Mike

"After a three-car rear end accident, I had a concussion and severe whiplash. I picked A2 to help me recover. I will have to honestly say A2's expertise and therapists along with all the other staff, have been the "silver lining". They are very knowledgable and take the time to explain what they are doing. and why they are doing it. They are extremely friendly, thoughtful, and maintain flexible hours. I have followed the home exercises regularly and have seen steady improvement. This is very important as I am a small business owner with a physically demanding job. A2 has it all! Fantastic physical therapists, massage therapist, and personal fitness trainers, all under one roof. Alika is a visionary and A2 is the hidden jewel of PT, but not for long."

− Danielle