Parkinson’s Clinic in Reading, Berkshire
Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease focuses on easing the rigidity of patients’ muscles and restrictions on their movement. It is less effective at controlling tremor, the disease’s main feature. Our Parkinson’s clinic, led by neurologist Dr Mariatu Kassim, aims to improve patients’ quality of life and help them live as independently as possible, which may mean maintaining their job, their hobbies or their ability to drive. We have a multidisciplinary team of neuro physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians and a clinical psychologist, to address every aspect of Parkinson’s patients’ physical and psychological needs. Patients also have access to Circle Rehabilitation’s cutting-edge diagnostic and exercise machines, including the Nordic Health equipment to improves the range and amplitude of spinal movements, the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, Hydro Physio aqua treadmill and MOTOmed accessible exercise bike.
Neurological psychologist Rachel Howes qualified in 2005 from Oxford Brookes University and gained a Band 6 post in Neurology at Chase Farm Hospital Barnet. She has also worked in elderly care, a renal unit and other departments at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and with neurological patients in the community, promoting their independence.
Emily Buckle qualified as a physiotherapist from Southampton University in 2010 and her first senior role was at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. Her interest in neurological rehabilitation led her to work in the community, where she specialised in stroke and traumatic brain injuries.