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ISSN: 2165-7025

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Rehabilitation for Postural Deformities in Parkinson’s Disease: An Update and Novel Findings

Yohei Okada1,2*, Tomohiro Shibata3,4, Tomoya Tamei4, Kazushi Ikeda4, Yorihiro Kita1, Junji Nakamura1, Makoto Hiyamizu1,2, Koji Shomoto1 and Shu Morioka1,2
1Graduate School of Health Science, Kio University, Nara, Japan
2Neurorehabilitation Research Center of Kio University, Nara, Japan
3Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering Human and Social Intelligence Systems Lab, Kyusyu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan
4Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
Corresponding Author : Dr. Yohei Okada
Faculty of Health Science, Department of Physical Therapy
Kio University, 4-2-2 Umami-naka, Koryo-cho, Kitakatsuragigun
Nara, 635-0832, Japan
Tel: 81-745-54-1601
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 10, 2014; Accepted date: November 18, 2014; Published date: November 24, 2014
Citation: Okada Y, Shibata T, Tamei T, Ikeda K, Kita Y, et al. (2014) Rehabilitation for Postural Deformities in Parkinson’s Disease: An Update and Novel Findings. J Nov Physiother 4: 233. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000233
Copyright: © 2014, Yohei Okada, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Rehabilitation is one of important treatments for postural deformities in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Various possible mechanisms have been suggested. Among these, soft tissue changes such as reduced flexibility and muscle weakness and proprioceptivedisintegration that likely induce impaired vertical perception seem to be partially improved by rehabilitation. For soft tissue changes, stretching, strengthening and functional exercise are adopted. For proprioceptive disintegration, postural reeducation exercises are adopted to promote proper postural realignment in each plane. This short review provides an update on the rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson’s disease with anterior bending posture and lateral bending posture, and introduces novel rehabilitation interventions and assessment methods for postural deformities.