Shift Performance PT

Parkinson’s IN Knoxville

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. It is characterized by tremors, rigidity, and difficulty with movement, balance, and coordination. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, physical therapy can help improve the patient’s quality of life and slow the progression of the disease.

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, our primary mission is to aid former athletes and active individuals in overcoming the challenges brought on by persistent neck pain. Recognizing that neck pain is not merely a physical ailment but a barrier to an active lifestyle, we offer comprehensive solutions tailored to each individual’s needs. Our expertise lies in not just treating the pain but also in understanding its impact on your life, especially if you have been an athlete or someone used to a physically active lifestyle.

In-Depth Understanding of Neck Pain

Neck pain is often more than a mere discomfort; it can escalate into a debilitating condition, especially if ignored. The pain might manifest as a sharp sting or a constant throb, affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks. Symptoms accompanying neck pain can include:

  • Persistent or intermittent headaches
  • Tightness or spasms in the upper body muscles
  • Tingling or numbness, often extending to the arms
  • Difficulty in maintaining a single posture for extended periods
  • Disrupted sleep patterns due to discomfort
  • Decreased arm strength
  • Challenges in maintaining a straight posture

Physical Therapy: A Multi-Faceted Approach

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we believe in a holistic approach to treating neck pain. Our therapy sessions are designed to address the physical discomfort and the functional limitations it imposes on your daily life.

  • Customized Exercise Regimens: Our therapists develop exercise routines tailored to your condition, focusing on strengthening neck muscles and improving flexibility.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques like massage, mobilization, and stretching are employed to alleviate muscle tension and enhance neck mobility.
  • Posture Correction: We provide guidance on maintaining proper posture, especially crucial for former athletes used to rigorous physical regimes.
  • Pain Management Strategies: Our team uses various modalities like heat and cold therapy, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), and ultrasound therapy to manage pain effectively.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: We offer advice on ergonomic adjustments and lifestyle changes to prevent recurrent neck pain.

Embracing a Pain-Free Life

Our goal at Shift Performance Physical Therapy is not just to alleviate your pain but to empower you to resume your active lifestyle without discomfort. We understand the frustration that comes with being sidelined by neck pain, especially for former athletes accustomed to a dynamic lifestyle. Our comprehensive therapy programs are designed to address your pain at its source, restoring your mobility and enabling you to return to your desired level of physical activity.

Join Us on Your Road to Recovery

If neck pain is hindering your life, don’t wait for it to escalate. Reach out to us at Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville. We are here to support you through your recovery journey, helping you regain strength, flexibility, and the confidence to get back to your active lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule your initial assessment and take the first step towards a life free from neck pain.


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Errol Griebel

Blake provides a great one on one experience that is specific and tailored to my needs. He is very attentive and knowledgeable and thinks great on his feet in ways to address the underlying issues I am having, so I can continue doing what I love to do, which is run. I highly recommend him if your are an athlete with an injury/trying to prevent an injury. 

Chip Gibson

Dr Blake is a breath of fresh air! I’ve probably seen over 10 PTs over the years through various previous football injuries and surgeries. Blake was the most personable, hands on, and actually listened to me more than any other. As a former athlete and very active parent on the go I appreciated his candor and never telling me to “just rest”….never gonna happen. His progressive treatment and programming got me pain free and back to working out back to a high level in no time. I recommend him to all me friends and family members!