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

PWR! Move of the Month

Emily shows us the PWR! Rock move of the month over rocky terrain and in water and how weight shifting is such an important skill to have when navigating movement. The beautiful setting is Zion National Park in Utah. For more about PWR! visit www.pwr4life.org For more about Emily Borchers, visit her directory page here.

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American Ninja Warrior with Parkinson’s

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 27, Jimmy Choi is an inspiration and  defies the odds on American Ninja Warrior (NBC)    “I don’t move like other runners, cyclists, and I certainly don’t move like other ninjas. Yet I try to find ways to defy the odds presented to me. When one road is…

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PWR! Retreat

PWR! Retreat 2018 was amazing! Nearly 80 participants plus an additional 20 staff and volunteers PWR’d their way through seven days of PD-specific exercises and lectures.  We will be loading photos to facebook as they come in over the month of June. If you want to share your photos on Facebook or Instagram, use the hashtag #pwrretreat so we…

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PWR! Game Night

JUNE 21, 2018   4:00-5:30PM Join the PWR! team for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and games! We will host a variety of games, and provide light refreshments. You will not want to miss this social event!

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Travel and Parkinson’s: Traveling Tips for Summer

Traveling can be stressful for a lot of people, but it can be particularly stressful when you mix in the unpredictability of Parkinson’s disease. Five years ago, at the Orlando International Airport, I learned the hard way just how important it is to plan ahead when traveling with the extra baggage of Parkinson’s. What was…

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PWR! in the Park

Save the Date! Our 2nd Annual PWR! in the Park  will take place October 6th, 2018. Help us plan this amazing day! Contact: info@pwr4life.org if you’d like to join our planning committee. More information from last year’s event! We are grateful to the Center for Neurosciences for continuing to sponsor our event.

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PWR!Moves Workshop Updates

141 Newly Certified PWR! Professionals in April.   PWR!Moves Next Month’s Workshops Charlottesville, VA Instructor workshop on June 9-10 at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Henderson, NV Therapist workshop on June 9-10 at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson Mt. Pleasant, MI Therapist workshop on June 30-July 1 at Central Michigan University Newly opened registrations: Pittsburgh, PA Henderson,…

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PWR! Twist to negotiate fastening a seatbelt – PWR! Move of the Month

You Must Twist It! to Click It! Using the PWR! Twist to negotiate fastening a seatbelt with Jennifer Bazan-Wigle, PWR!Gym Therapist. The PWR! Twist in sitting improves trunk rotation – from your neck down to your hips. And when done rhythmically, it can decrease the symptom of rigidity. This whole body exercise is easily applied…

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PWR! Community Member Highlight

Our Community Member Highlight Craig Caesar first came to the PWR!Gym in August of 2014.  He had been wheelchair bound for quite a while. He began working one on one with our Physical Therapists, Jennifer and Emily, as he did not meet the criteria for group classes. One day, he looked into the Gym at…

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PWR! Interns

We appreciate the Spring 2018 interns and all their hard work. Thank you! Jennifer O’Connor, Evan Pierson, Erin Wallach, Anysse Chavez

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Welcome to Our New Staff

Welcome to the PWR! Gym’s New Staff! Shelly Dainty is the new Rehab Services Coordinator and has worked with several medical offices in different specialties, as front desk staff and manager.  Her favorite is physical therapy!  She looks forward to seeing clients succeed and feels grateful to be a part of that process.  She is looking…

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PWR! Community Talks

Hartford, Connecticut  – We thank you!   We were thrilled about the packed room in Hartford, Connecticut for our Community Talk. A record 63 people were in attendance.   Please share our community talks with those in your area!   Upcoming Community Talks – Open to the Public As we travel the globe training PWR! Professionals in our techniques,…

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Thank You!

  A heartfelt thank you to Tom & Dabney Philabaum for donating a portion of the proceeds from Tom’s final glassblowing show to support the mission of PWR!  We are so grateful to have them as part of our PWR! family.

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Dine-Out Fundraiser at Zinburger

DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER A great time was had by all. We posted photos to our Facebook page. Thank you to all who participated. Mark your Calendar for the next Dine-Out Event    June 14th, 2018 5:00pm to 9:00pm   At the amazing Zinburger on River Road!   We look forward to seeing you!

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Wellness Series: Quality Time with a Movement Disorder Specialist

QUALITY TIME WITH A MOVEMENT DISORDER SPECIALIST May 17th, 2018 4:00-5:30PM Presented by:  Dr. Kathryn Bradley, MD Participate in an informal Q&A with Dr. Kathryn Bradley, a Board Certified Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist. She will discuss how optimized medications will help you get the most out of exercise programming, and will answer any questions…

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Wellness Series: GET EMPOWERED!

GET EMPOWERED! Get the Most Out of Exercise & Life April 19th, 2018 4:00-5:30PM Presented by:  Phyliss Walls, RN, PhD Phyllis Walls, a registered nurse and partner of one of our PWR!Gym members, will discuss personal, family, and community empowerment. Come participate in an interactive discussion on how self-awareness, trust, caring, and acceptance of responsibility…

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month And April 11th is National Parkinson’s Day A few Parkinson’s statistics from Parkinson.org: About one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed…

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Functional Mobility Applied to Parkinson’s Disease Review – Dr. Farley

I LOVE this narrative review on Functional mobility (see my summary below)! It provides a great rationale for a “function first” approach and highlights the need for lifelong management of functional mobility by physical and occupational therapists. By introducing our clients with Parkinson disease from day 1 to functional skill training using the Basic 4…

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PWR! Workshops

  We have just a few spots left in our  Tucson Instructor Workshop at the PWR!Gym.  March 23rd and March 24th, 2018 Register today! PWR!Moves Workshops Upcoming workshops: Greenville, SC-March 3-4, 2018 (Instructor) Cleveland, OH-March 10-11, 2018 (Therapist) Tucson, AZ-March 23-24, 2018 (Instructor) Rochester, MN-April 7-8, 2018 (Instructor) Mesa, AZ-April 14-15, 2018 (Therapist) FOR MORE INFORMATION…

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PWR!Gym Dine Out: Thank You!

Thank you to those who attended the PWR!Gym Dine Out Event.    Social interaction with our community is one of the keys to success for PWR! And we definitely believe in it. We had a great time. Click on the photos and you will see the rest on our facebook page. Thank you again! Our…

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Save the Date!

Our 2nd Annual PWR! in the Park  will take place October 6th, 2018. We want you to help us plan this amazing day! Contact: info@pwr4life.org if you’d like to join our planning committee. More information from last years event!

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Upcoming Community Talks – Open to the Public

As we travel the globe training PWR! Professionals in our techniques, we offer each host community a community talk.   At that community talk, our faculty will discuss Parkinson’s and associated hot topics affecting the Parkinson’s community. If you know anyone in the area who may benefit from attending this community talk, please share this with…

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Thank You!

Thank you to Bob Eberle for taking a moment to share our PWR!Gym with others as an “outstanding resource” in the Arizona Daily Star, February, 2018. When we see advocacy for PWR!, we are really appreciative of our community helping us get the word out. We support our local Tucson area and offer free community…

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