Parkinson’s Disease

The trained neurological physical therapists at HARTZ PT are equipped to work with patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s Disease to help them reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Our neurological expertise and commitment to continuing education gives us a thorough understanding of the disease’s progression.  If you or a loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, let us help you fight to regain control of your life.

Greta Myers, Neurological Physical Therapist, has worked hand in hand with patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the past several years.   She has worked with patients of all functional levels including patients with high level balance deficits, movement pattern impairments, and those requiring complete assistance for functional tasks. Greta is passionate about educating both the patient and their families to maximize each patient’s independence.

Beth Kauffman, MPT, GCS has completed the LSVT® BIG certification which is an exercise treatment program focused on training people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to use their body more normally. Beth becomes one of only a handful physical therapists in Lancaster County with this designation.

The LSVT® BIG Certification Course trains physical and occupational therapy professionals in an evidence based, intensive treatment protocol for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. This treatment regimen requires high motivation from patients including 4 days of outpatient PT per week for 1 month and daily home exercises.  This program has a set established protocol of 7 functional movement patterns and the implementation of an individualized therapeutic exercise program to meet the specific needs of each patient.  The goals of the program are to emphasize large velocity movements, recalibrate the neuromuscular system, and drive neuroplasticity to improve mobility, reduce fall risk and maintain independent living.

We are pleased to announce we are partnering with CrushPD Fitness to offer the Lancaster County Parkinson’s community a one-two punch with the best in preventative care, hope and support.

Research shows that physical therapy & weekly exercise can improve both motor and non-motor components of Parkinson’s including balance, tremors, cognition, mood, strength and daily activities.  There is life outside of Parkinson’s disease.  If you or a loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s, allow us to be part of your journey. We will help you fight to regain control of your life.

 

 

HARTZ PT & CrushPD Fitness are offering people with PD a one-two punch with the best in preventative care, hope & support. Click below to learn more.

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Our lecture series and support group is open to anyone in Lancaster and the surrounding area.  Sponsored by HARTZ Physical Therapy & CrushPD Fitness.  We are specialists in and have a passion for the treatment and exercise programs that make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s in our community.

This support group will offer fun, encouragement, lively discussions, learning and a community for those living with Parkinson’s Disease, their caregivers, family and friends.  We hope you will join us!

In an effort to reach as many as possible, the monthly support group will host meetings in both the East and West sides of Lancaster County on alternating months.  Monthly meetings will generally take place on the first Wednesday of the month, but please check the schedule below for confirmation.

Location #1 – East Lancaster:  Maker’s Market at Rockvale Outlets, 35 S. Willowdale Dr, Ste 1709, Lancaster

Location #2 West Lancaster: HARTZ Physical Therapy, 90 Good Drive, Suite 201, Lancaster

  • Aug 3, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00PM HARTZ Physical Therapy, Lancaster West office

    Speaker: Jean Kark, a Master Myoskeletal Alignment Massage Therapist will be speaking about how theraputic massage can be beneficial for people with Parkinson's.

  • Sept 7, 2022 - 2:00 - 3:00PM Maker's Market at Rockvale Outlets

    Speaker: Eric Aquino founder of Gray Strong Foundation will be here talking about moving forward with Parkinson's.

  • Oct 5, 2020 - 2:00 - 3:00PM HARTZ Physical Therapy, Lancaster West Office

    Speaker: Michelle Newman, a holistic therapist with Penn Medicine will be presenting chair yoga and mindfullness.

Research on LSVT® BIG has proven the efficacy of the program and shown outstanding outcomes for people with Parkinson’s Disease including:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk range of motion and flexibility
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as bed mobility
  • Improved UPDRS Motor Score (assesses the severity of Parkinson’s Disease)

If you or a loved one is struggling with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, call HARTZ Physical Therapy’s Lancaster East Office (717) 396-7766 to schedule an appointment with Beth Kauffman, MPT, GCS or the Lancaster West Office at (717) 735-8880 to schedule an appointment with Greta Myers, DPT or click here to Contact Us via email.