St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s Hour of Power is a circuit exercise class developed specifically for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Introduced to the hospital in 2018, this physiotherapist and occupational therapist led high intensity class targets specific symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Central to the classes is the PD Warrior philosophy which is an exercise philosophy designed to help slow Parkinson's down.
Physiotherapist Lauren King said the class provides a safe and supportive environment for patients to challenge themselves and optimise their motor function.
“The class is based on the principles of neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to ‘rewire’ itself,” Lauren said.
“Latest research suggests that ‘neuroactive’ exercise can help slow symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but most importantly, this class is an opportunity to be social have a whole lot of fun,” she said.
Lilian has been coming to the classes since 2018 and said the classes have been instrumental in keeping her Parkinson’s Disease manageable.
“Just one session per week has enabled me to walk taller, balance more effectively and generally move much more freely,” Lillian said.
"Apart from exercises, the team provide tips and strategies for managing the disease on a daily basis.
“We also have a few laughs as we exercise and join in games that challenge our abilities. Many of the exercises can be done at home in between sessions but the encouragement and support from the staff ensures I keep coming back for my weekly dose of Hour of Power,” she said.
Lauren said it is never too early to start your exercise journey after a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.
“Early intervention increases your ability to protect the remaining dopamine producing cells in the brain,” Lauren said.
We also provide our patients with education and strategies to manage day to day activities and increase overall personal confidence.
“We pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest PD research to provide first class treatment. The team are trained in LSVT (Loud & Big) and PD Warrior techniques,” she said.
The multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team of physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics and psychology are dedicated to helping people live well with Parkinson’s. Programs are developed for individual patient and their goals; from one-on-one therapy to intensive blocks and group therapy.
A review with a physiotherapist is required prior to attending this class. For more information visit our Parkinson’s Program page.