Physiotherapist

Michelle McCarthy

Neurologists at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre can refer you to the physiotherapist at any stage of Parkinson’s disease.  Once you are a patient at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, you can also make an appointment by calling 604-822-7682.  If you would like to speak with the physiotherapist directly, please call 604-822-7695.

The physiotherapist can help you manage the physical challenges of PD from early diagnosis onwards in the following ways:

  • Provide information on how Parkinson’s symptoms can affect your movement and daily activities and how to best manage them
  • Provide education on the benefits of appropriate regular exercise and activities, including provision of a home exercise program
  • Improve: walking difficulties, poor posture, rolling over in bed, getting in/out of bed, balance in order to reduce falls, relaxation techniques, safety awareness
  • Advise partners and caregivers on how to best assist you
  • Advise on appropriate equipment needs
  • Refer you to a Home Care Occupational Therapist for a safety assessment in your home or other health care professionals when appropriate
  • Liaise with your local physiotherapist if necessary