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Managing Movement Disorders

The Rush Copley Movement Disorders Program provides management of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, ataxia, and pediatric and adult spasticity and support services to help patients maximize their movement, coordination, and quality of life.

What Are Movement Disorders?

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect a person's ability to control his or her movement. They can make simple daily activities extremely challenging for patients with these conditions.

It’s estimated that 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from a movement disorder. Some disorders cause involuntary movement while others can prevent certain movements.

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.  Affecting both men and women, Parkinson's disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly. Symptoms may affect one or both sides of the body and may be slight at first.


  • Automatic movement
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Drooling
  • Impaired balance and walking
  • Lack of expression in the face (mask-like appearance)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Rigid or stiff muscles
  • Slowed, quieter speech and monotone voice
Art Therapy

Creative Therapies for Movement Disorders

Through the art and music therapy experience individuals express and examine feelings, learn about cause and effect relationships, improve problem-solving patterns, promote social skills, develop responsibility and independence, cope with symptoms, and enhance self-esteem.

Art Therapy
Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to help participants increase their awareness of self and others, vcope with symptoms and stress and enhance cognitive abilities.

No artistic talent or knowledge is necessary to benefit from art therapy.

2018 Dates:
February 2, February 12, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7, August 6, August 20, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Rush Copley Heart Institute
2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
2nd Floor Conference Room

Music Therapy
Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish the goals of increasing speech intelligibility, pitch and loudness, improving respiratory strength, and providing social support and relaxation.

No musical experience or talent is required.

2018 Dates:
February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, April 30, May 14, August 13, August 27, September 17, October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, November 26

2 to 3 p.m.
Rush Copley Heart Institute
2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
2nd Floor Conference Room

Call 630-499-6619 for more information or to register for Art and/or Music Therapy.

Coping with Parkinson's

Exercise Classes

These free land and water classes are designed to benefit people with Parkinson’s by using exercise to help manage symptoms.

Emphasis is placed on exercises to improve balance, posture, flexibility, range of motion, coordination and gait. All levels of fitness ability are welcome.

Rush Copley Healthplex
Parkinson'S FoundationDelay the Disease: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Boxing: Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.
Water: Fridays, 1-2 p.m.

Please call 630-978-6280 for more information or to register.
This program is supported in part by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Parkinson's Support Group

The Parkinson’s Support Group provides information about living with Parkinson’s disease. You’ll learn about resources and programs that can help enhance your quality of life and have the opportunity to share your experiences with others. Join us to be part of our comforting and understanding community.

  • Rush Copley Heart Institute
    2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
    Conference Room
    First Wednesday of every month
    10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Rush Copley Healthcare Center
    1100 W. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
    Community Room
    Second Wednesday of every month
    1:30 to 3 p.m.

Essential Tremor Support Group

The Essential Tremor Support Group is a place where people talk openly about the challenges of living with ET and exchange ideas in a comfortable and safe environment. In addition to information about ET and helpful resources, you will find support and fellowship among others who are just like you.

Rush Copley Medical Center
2000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
Conference Room 3
4th Monday of every month
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Family Caregiver Seminar

This is a free two-hour seminar for spouses, relatives, or friends who care for or live with someone who has Parkinson’s disease.

Join us for a morning of learning and sharing for PD caregivers only. This year’s program features caregivers who are embracing the challenges or their role. You will have the opportunity to interact with others who share many of the same struggles and victories as you and to offer your own pearls of wisdom.

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Physical Rehabilitation

Improving quality of life with help from Rush Copley Physical Rehabilitation Center. Rush Copley's Physical Rehabilitation Center believes in turning disabilities into possibilities. We bring together the most advanced technologies, current knowledge and dedicated, experienced professionals in order to improve the quality of life for our patients.

Our rehabilitation team provides complete care for movement disorders including medical treatment for illness and therapeutic treatment designed to restore patients to improved function and wellness and Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT) and Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) for the assessment and treatment of balance and vestibular difficulties. 

Pain Management

The Rush Copley Interventional Pain Clinic provides both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients experiencing acute or chronic pain. At the Pain Clinic, our physicians tailor your unique treatment plan to meet your individual needs based on consultations with you.

Rush Copley Pain Clinic's board-certified pain management specialists are here to help you with specialized care. Our goals are completely patient-focused and specific to you. We want to help you increase function, alleviate your pain and learn skills to improve your quality of life.