What first brought you to Patterson PT?
Q&A with Patterson PT client Paula Kenny and her Patterson PT experience
I was at a Parkinson's support group meeting, and one of the therapists from Patterson PT came to talk about their physical therapy program specifically designed for people with Parkinson's Disease. My doctor had prescribed physical therapy for flexibility and strengthening, so I decided to try individual physical therapy at Patterson PT.
What are you up to now?
After completing one round of physical therapy at Patterson PT, I now exercise on my own. I am a member of a walking group called the Walkie Talkies. We walk every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour on the BNA trail, then we get coffee afterwards and talk for an hour. I also take a functional conditioning class at Anne Arundel Community College. I like to stay active as much as possible, my doctor told me exercise is the best way to combat Parkinson's Disease!
I also transport my granddaughter to and from Jump Start when she needs it. When we have a semester break from functional conditioning, I look forward to joining the LSVT BIG Program at Patterson PT.
How did Patterson PT help get you to where you are now?
Patterson PT reinforced my thought process. I could tell my steps were short and I didn't want to shuffle. When I went to Patterson, they had me doing everything BIG - big arm movements, clapping loudly, stomping loudly, and big steps. I used to have a frozen shoulder from not moving my right arm at all during walking, now I can move my arms reciprocally when I walk, I just have to think about it!
What is your favorite thing about coming to Patterson PT?
I really like the people and the encouragement they give. There is a good energy here and we need all the positive energy we can get because there are too many negatives out there in this world. Any place you can get positive energy is a good place to be.