An app for people with Parkinson’s disease as well as for therapists working with patients as a source of advice and instructions for daily exercise and movements.
What does the app do?
The app is designed to be used by people with Parkinson’s Disease and other forms of Parkinson’s as well as therapists working with patients as a source of advice and instructions for daily exercise and movements. The app is essentially a series of short educations videos (not really ‘exercises’) that describe techniques for improving walking for people with Parkinson’s.
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✔ Clear videos with generic but clear advice on how to improve some aspects of gait impairment, some functional transfers and a few range of movement exercises for Parkinson’s.
✔ There is also a lengthy document outlining some options and advice for cardio vascular exercise (‘conditioning’) and relaxation.
✔ Fine for some general advice and starting point for those wanting more information on how to self manage.
✘ The name of the app is misleading. Most of the videos are not of ‘exercises’ but are short education videos that describe walking techniques.
✘ There are no dose recommendations at all.
✘ Videos are mostly of ‘strategies’ with added advice on how to manage some common problems (freezing, bed mobility, sit to stand).
✘ Advice is very generic and ‘one size fits all’ approach means likely to be relevant only a subset of people with Parkinson’s (early to mid disease stage with mild/mod gait problems).
✘ This is about as useful as a simple brochure about Parkinson’s but some of info is out of date.
Date of review: June 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 5.7 MB
Updated on: 2 July 2013
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Reviewer: Tara Martin, Neurological Physiotherapist
Date of review: June 2019
Comments: This app is for someone who has Parkinson’s or someone working with a person with Parkinson’s who would like very basic advice on improving walking. The app is essentially a series of short educations videos (not really ‘exercises’) that describe techniques for improving walking for people with Parkinson’s. It has been around for a while. It was developed by a reputable organisation and has high quality videos, but the content is somewhat out of date and very generic. Also, as it is mostly just a series of videos (which are downloaded and not streamed), it takes up considerable space (735.4 MB).
Safety concerns: The app is extremely general and does not specify any dose of exercise so risk is minimal. The advice is probably most suited to people with mild/moderate walking problems and only mild freezing. If someone has advanced freezing I would not recommend as their risk of falling is high. There is not enough information on metronome use and what are most appropriate settings. For people with significant freezing, attempting to set up and use a metronome on own may increase freezing and/or falls.
New Zealand relevance: No concerns.