PD Warrior


Vicky has been delivering PD Warrior since 2014 and trains other health professionals across the UK on this approach. LV Rehabilitation deliver PD Warrior™ in conjunction with Fontwell Physiotherapy Clinic.

“PD Warrior™ is hard work but it empowers individuals to not let Parkinson’s Disease take control of their lives. The positive impact it can have on individuals and their families is amazing.”

What is PD Warrior?

PD Warrior™ is an exercise-based rehabilitation programme for individuals with mild to moderate Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.

PD Warrior™ is a game changer! It aims to motivate and coach individuals to live positively with Parkinson’s Disease. It is based on the latest research and aims to drive the brain’s ability to rewire and protect itself. This is what makes it different to more generic types of activity or exercise.

It encourages individuals to be proactive when living with Parkinson’s Disease and to fight the symptoms of the disease. It helps individuals to develop a greater mental, physical and social well-being.

There are seven core principles that the programme is based upon:

  • High Effort
  • Power
  • Frequency
  • Specificity
  • Meaningful
  • Complexity
  • Fun

What does it involve?

An assessment with our PD Warrior instructor to ensure individuals are appropriate for the programme. During the assessment baseline measures will be completed on areas such as gait, balance, fine motor skills and dual tasking.

Following an assessment one to one sessions (varies with each individual) are required to educate and coach individuals on the principles of the programme and to get them started on the 10-week challenge.

To help you get the most out of the programme you can join a PD Warrior group held at Fontwell Physiotherapy Gym.

One to one reviews are encouraged on a regular basis to ensure each individual is optimising their abilities.  It is important to be address any difficulties as soon as possible so they can be addressed.

Your specific exercise plan needs adjusting just like your medication to ensure it is giving you the best opportunity to be the best you can!

This blogpost was originally posted by Vicky Knight on her clinic website LV Rehabilitations. Vicky is also part of our Physios.

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