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Physical Therapy & PD: What You Need to Know

Originally presented on February 8, 2011
Faculty: Heather J. Cianci, P.T., M.S., G.C.S.

Can exercise and physical therapy help you or your loved one?  How can you find a physical therapist who understands PD?  Find out by joining us online or by phone for this one-hour online seminar, led by Heather Cianci, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., of Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center - Good Shepherd Penn Partners, in Pennsylvania.  This seminar is designed to provide information to people with PD and their care partners on the importance of physical therapy and to provide practical tips on dealing with changes in functional abilities, exercising and finding the right physical activity to fit your needs.

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Goals for Participants:

  • Better understand what physical therapy can offer those living with PD and the benefits of physical therapy and exercise for PD.
  • Learn the five "Top Tips" for dealing with functional difficulties.
  • Find out how to locate a physical therapist who has knowledge and understanding of PD.



Parkinson's ExpertBriefing presenter Heather Cianci

Heather Cianci, P.T., M.S., G.C.S.

Ms. Cianci is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and founding therapist at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center (Good Shepherd/Penn Partners) at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  

She has practiced physical therapy for 16 years, with over 10 of those years dedicated to working with patients with Parkinson’s disease.  Her research includes movement strategies for bed mobility, falls and freezing of gait.  She teaches about rehabilitation and PD at Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Physical Therapy in Philadelphia and lectures at many support groups and conferences.  

Ms. Cianci is a certified LSVT® BIG clinician (a specialized rehabilitative therapy for PD), a graduate of the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) Allied Team Training for Parkinson program (ATTP) and a faculty member for Parkinson’s Disease Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses, an online course for nurses led by PDF in collaboration with other Parkinson’s organizations.  Ms. Cianci is a member of the Medical Professional Education Committee for CurePSP, the Foundation for PSP/CBD and Related Brain Diseases.  She is the author of the 2nd edition of Fitness Counts, and a co-author of Activities of Daily Living: Practical Pointers, which are educational manuals for the NPF.  In 2007, she authored a chapter on rehabilitative strategies in Comprehensive Nursing Care for Parkinson’s Disease (Springer Publishing). 

Ms. Cianci received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and her Master’s in Gerontology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.



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