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Newnan Parkinson’s support group gains strength

ByJulie J. Helfer

May 18, 2021

The Newnan Times-Herald

John and Suzy Rader make big, bold moves in sync with Dr. Lewis.

You could hear many loud counts and synchronized applause around the room at Newnan Parkinson’s Support Group monthly meeting last week.

Guest speaker Dr. Paulette Lewis, founder of Tyrone-based Neu-Level Therapy and Wellness, led the group through a series of exercises tailored for participants with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Lewis, a neurological physiotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience and knowledge, focused his presentation on a comparison of two specialized therapy programs for Parkinson’s disease: LSTV BIG and PWR! Moves.

According to Lewis, who has a number of special certifications for working with neurological and movement disorders, “Both LSTV BIG and PWR! Moves help people with PD cope with issues with mobility, balance, weight loss and movement. posture and gait common to the disease. They work by teaching participants to perform high-amplitude and high-effort actions in multiple postures, by playing on the brain’s ability to adapt and learn (neuroplasticity). They aim to restore motor function, increase quality of life and activate the whole body to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance, mobility and flexibility.

“LSVT BIG has a four-day therapy protocol for four weeks, but not PWR! Moves, so it provides more planning flexibility for the patient,” Lewis said. “Plus the PWR! The program emphasizes the incorporation of improved movement and posture in five different positions (sitting, lying on your stomach, lying on your back, on your hands and knees, kneeling and standing), while LSVT BIG mainly emphasizes two (sitting and standing).

After a comparative review of the two therapy programs, Dr. Lewis led group members through a series of sample exercises from the two programs to illustrate the differences and concluded with a question-and-answer session.

The discussion that followed the meeting reflected a very positive response from the group members to the presentation.

Long-time group member Nancy Granroos summed up: “Presentations like today demonstrate the value of our support group. There are a number of us, including me, who knew a little about LSVT BIG and PWR! programs, but were uncertain how they worked or where to find certified practitioners to deliver the programs. It’s good to know that there is a physiotherapy department like Neu-Level nearby that offers specialized services for the Parkinson’s community.

The Newnan Parkinson Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at First United Methodist Church in Newnan at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit the group’s website at www.newnanpd.org.

The support group is also affiliated with the PD Advocate program. The Advocate program provides trained advocates – volunteers who have been affected by the disease – to accompany and help new patients with Parkinson’s disease in a number of ways, such as providing them with useful information and resources, as well as ” providing them with encouragement and emotional support.

People recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or their care partners can connect to the PD Advocate program by emailing their contact details to [email protected]


Article by Gary May, special for the Newnan Times-Herald