Welcome to an archive of our Articles posted to the PWR! Website.

PWR! Wellness Series: Mime Over Matter

MIME OVER MATTER! PD Tricks from the World of Mime and Circus   March 21, 2019   4:00-5:30PM Come explore basic mime techniques—visualization, articulation of gesture, creative use of imagery and space— with mime, Rob Mermin, as a method for coping with PD movement limitations in daily activity. Rob founded the award-winning Circus Smirkus and Parkinson’s Performance…

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Upcoming PWR!Moves Workshops

PWR!Moves Upcoming Workshops * Therapist workshop in Newnan, GA on February 9-10, 2019 * Therapist workshop in San Antonio, TX on February 16-17, 2019 * Instructor workshop in Colorado Springs, CO on March 2-3, 2019 * Therapist workshop in Center Valley, PA on March 23-24, 2019 * Instructor workshop in Tucson, AZ on March 30-31,…

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New at the PWR!Gym & More

  We have a lot of new smiling faces at PWR! from staff to interns. Take a moment to read about each of these amazing new people helping us!   Visit our website for more about Natasha, Dom and Travis     New Group Classes coming February 4th!! You may have noticed that we are really busy at…

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Be a PWR!ful Part of Parkinson Science

  Gut Bacteria Affect Metabolism of Parkinson’s Therapy Levodopa, Study Shows  https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/2019/01/24/gut-bacteria-affect-parkinsons-therapy-levodopa-metabolism-study-shows/     Patient differences in gut bacteria may reduce the effectiveness of medications and contribute to the development of dyskinesias.  This study implies that people that have high levels of a specific type of gut bacteria (tyrosine decarboxylase) may need more medications over time…

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Parkinson Disease: How Speech Therapy Can Help

Parkinson Disease: How Speech Therapy Can Help FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:00-5:30 PM   Come engage with speech-pathology experts, Dori and Natalie, to learn more about the neurophysiological changes associated with Parkinson Disease. Discover the role of speech pathology in the treatment of voice, speech, and swallowing problems most frequently experienced with PD. High quality speech…

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PWR!Step – Seated to warm up the hips. – PWR! Move of the Month

PWR! Move of the Month   The PWR!Step in the seated position is a great exercise for any clients who have difficulty getting in/out of a car or a booth at a restaurant. Start with the stepping, add in a sit to stand, and then have your client go out to their car and practice…

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Hello to new staff and interns at PWR! for January 2019

Natasha Jabbar Natasha Jabbar joined Parkinson Wellness Recovery | PWR! in January 2019 and will serve as the organization’s Director of Advancement. In this role, Natasha is responsible for developing key strategic partnerships and alliances within the scientific, medical, and business communities. As Director of Advancement, she will oversee the organization’s outreach, funding, and advocacy…

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Upcoming PWR!Moves Workshops & Discounts

  PWR!Moves Upcoming Workshops   Therapist workshop in St. Augustine, FL on January 12-13, 2019 Instructor workshop in Chapel Hill, NC on January 19-20, 2019 Therapist workshop in Newnan, GA on February 9-10, 2019 Instructor workshop in Tucson, AZ on February 2-3, 2019 Instructor workshop in Colorado Springs, CO on March 2-3, 2019 Therapist workship…

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Emily Presents and Dr. Farley Recommends

I want to encourage all our PWR!Gym members and anyone with PD to participate in this very important study trying to identify the lifestyle factors associated with slower disease progression! These factors may help people in the future by providing information about what you can do to stay better and live well with PD. Dr.…

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PWR!Moves: Turning Safely

PWR! Moves : Turning Safely   Move of the Month   Turning safely:   We often see our clients with Parkinson’s disease have difficulty with turning. They might festinate, freeze, lose balance, or even fall while turning. This loss of balance often stems from having hypometric anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs), which are essentially the required…

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Recharge at the PWR!Gym and More

Happy New Year! Dear Friends, As we kick off what is sure to be another exciting year at PWR!, we also have a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT… On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Adrian Hutber as the new CEO of Parkinson Wellness Recovery!  Please join us on January 17th as…

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Welcome to our new CEO, Dr. Adrian Hutber PhD, MS

Dr. Adrian Hutber, PhD, MS, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of PWR!. He joins PWR! from his previous Vice President position at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), where he was the executive staff member leading the Exercise is MedicineR Global Health Initiative (EIM), a multi-organizational, multi-national initiative co-founded by ACSM and the…

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Happy Holidays from the Parkinson Wellness Recovery team!

Happy Holidays from the Parkinson Wellness Recovery team! As the year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the challenges, hard work, and successes of 2018…all of which add up to a great impact on the lives of those with Parkinson disease. Some of our highlights include expanding (i.e. doubling) the number of…

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Catherine Printz, PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor

December is a Great Time at the PWR!Gym!

[clear-line] May 26 – June 1, 2019 Registration is open! Thank you to the many individuals who have started the process. Don’t delay! Start today. Don’t miss this amazing week-long experience! [clear-line] We are celebrating the holidays! The PWR!Gym will be closed from Dec 24 – Jan 1. No therapy or group classes will occur…

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For PWR! Professionals

Are You Interested in Volunteering at the PWR! Retreat in 2019? If you are interested in volunteering at the PWR! Retreat May 26 – June 1, the application forms can be found here. https://www.pwr4life.org/pwr-retreat/retreat-volunteers/. We review all applications and try to accept new applicants each year for a limited number of volunteer positions. There are many…

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PWR! Moves: Holiday Lights

Happy Holidays with Some Holiday Lights from the PWR!Gym   PWR!  Move of the Month Enjoy the Holiday Lights of the PWR!Gym! We’re always having a good time.   This month’s move of the month comes from Nancy Nelson, CPT and  Emily Borchers, PT, DPT of the PWR!Gym. For more about Nancy, visit the directory on…

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Habitual exercisers versus sedentary subjects with Parkinson’s disease

  This month’s research corner highlights the best evidence to date for why you need to exercise starting from diagnosis (even before) and not stop when you are diagnosed with Parkinson disease (PD)…. And, it explains what we mean when we say “Exercise is a physiological tool in your fight against Parkinson disease.” Since it…

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PWR!Retreat

May 26 – June 1, 2019 Registration opening this month! Watch out for the mid-month email letting you know that Registration for PWR! Retreat is open! Or follow our Facebook page. Or do both! Don’t miss this amazing week-long experience!

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PWR!Move of the Month

PWR!  Move of the Month Tie those shoes with ease! PWR!Up and prepare the hips to have the flexibility to tie your shoes. Enjoying the full hip hinge when bending forward and preparing your body to tie a shoe easily. We step big with the PWR!ful steps while seated. Using the big step motion helps us…

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From Dr. Becky Farley

This is a great story full of hope! Thanks to advocates like you, the Parkinson community was able to push through a $2 billion funding increase for NIH that includes priorities for PD research! While our PWR!Gym members work hard to stay better-there are many new therapy options on the horizon, and more to come,…

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PWR! Care Partners

When you walk into the PWR!Gym you often see a table of people sitting and chatting. The encouragement and connection found at this table can be pivotal for many of our members, but it can also be a huge support for our care partners. The ability to sit and chat for a bit helps everyone be a part of the…

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PWR! Wellness Series: Mime Over Matter

We apologize, but this month’s Wellness Series is canceled due to illness of the presenter. We wish Rob a speedy recovery and look forward to having him present at a future date! MIME OVER MATTER! PD Tricks from the World of Mime and Circus   November 15, 2018    4:00-5:30PM Come explore basic mime techniques—visualization, articulation…

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Getting up from the ground – PWR!Move of the Month

PWR!  Move of the Month     Getting up from the ground takes a lot of mobility, strength, and sequencing.  The PWR!Step in All 4’s is a great way to practice this skill!  It also makes for a great warmup to decrease rigidity through the hips. Thank you Evan Pierson!  For more about Evan, visit here. 

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