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St. Vital Physiotherapy

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease that affects the basal ganglia (in the brain) which is the main area of planning complex motions.

The average age of diagnosis is 63 and is diagnosed based on the finding of 2/3 cardinal signs of the disease.

Cardinal signs that Parkinson’s presents with are: rigidity of muscles, tremor (usually at rest), and bradykinesia (slow movements).

Other signs that may appear are lack of facial expression, postural changes (rounding forward), freezing and softening of the voice.

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease with no curative treatment, which makes early treatment from your doctor and physiotherapist very important. Early physiotherapy intervention can help improve balance, posture, strength and maintain muscular flexibility. We offer both private assessment/treatment and small group classes.

In class you will be working with a physiotherapist in order to gain education about your condition, improve balance, posture and practice movements in a safe environment. We use big movements, rhythm/music, tai chi and boxing as some of our treatment techniques that are suitable for every fitness level!

Our Team

All of our Physiotherapists have received a University education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

They are committed to providing professional evidence-based hands-on treatment, and education and exercises to help reduce your pain and restore your function and mobility. They pursue ongoing post-graduate courses to employ the most current techniques in their practice.

Angela Hazlewood, BMRPT, CAFCI ›

Trista Neustaeter, BMRPT, BSc, CAFCI ›

Evelyn Lightly, MClSc, BMRPT, FCAMPT ›

Lisa Poetker Owner, BMR(PT), CAFCI, ›

Jessalynn Engelberg MPT ›

Contact Us

Call Us for an Appointment

St. Vital Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Inc
L01 - 1555 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 5L9

(204) 255-0597

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM

To accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients, we offer a range of extended appointment hours including early mornings and evenings.