REMEMBER BEING TOLD TO STAND UP STRAIGHT? SO WHAT IS FTF?

“Poor posture is a hallmark feature of Parkinson’s disease. This stooped positioning has been associated with increased muscle rigidity or stiffness. The typical Parkinson’s posture includes: forward head, rounded shoulders, increased thoracic kyphosis, increased flexion of the trunk, and bending of the knees.”

How can poor posture affect you?

  • Difficulty speaking clearly and loudly
  • Difficulty with moving your neck and upper extremities
  • Change your perception of your body’s position in space
  • Can alter balance and lead to falls from having your weight shifted forward
  • Decrease strength of postural muscles
  • Headaches and TMJ pain
  • Difficulty swallowing

(Meredith Defranco, “Parkinson’s Treatment Tips” published March 1, 2012, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at University of Florida Health)

A May 22, 2019 article in Parkinson’s News Today offers insight into assessment results from a controlled study that utilized a four-week trunk-specific, posture-correcting rehabilitation program: “Forward bending of the spine, known as disease-related forward trunk flexion (FTF), is a common complication observed in patients with Parkinson’s disease. FTF can result in permanent postural imbalance, pain, frequent falls, and irreversible deformities. Early detection and rehabilitation efforts through focused physical therapy can help in reducing pain and delay motor symptoms progression. However, information is limited on FTF rehabilitative efforts in Parkinson’s patients.” – Vijaya Iyer Read more here

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