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PD Warrior is our ‘neuro-active’ programme at the Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic, designed specifically for anyone with Parkinson’s. Medication helps with symptom relief and general exercise programs will keep you healthy, but neither of them slow the progression of your disease. The recent evidence demonstrates that the right kind of exercise programme is the only way to modify the course of your disease.

Karen Hodgson leads the highly skilled and specialist PD Warrior classes at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic. If you are interested in joining a class, please contact us and we can arrange a suitable day and time for you to join us.


PD Warrior is designed for people are:

  • In the early stages of idiopathic Parkinson’s
  • Reasonably fit and active
  • Motivated individuals.

PD Warrior aims to show you how exercise can be enjoyable, but also to show you how to exercise for life so you are in peak physical and mental condition at every stage of the disease.

Hallamshire Physiotherapy is now a licensed facility with 2 accredited instructors – Karen Hodgson and Bhanu Ramaswamy.

There are no other facilities in the region offering this successful programme.

We hold introductory evenings on a regular basis to introduce the concept followed by an initial programme and circuit-based classes.

If you would like to:

  • Look, move and feel better
  • Find out how to start a neuro-active exercise
  • Build your confidence
  • Slow the progression of your Parkinsons.

Then, contact the clinic to discuss any issues/costs or to register for the introductory session. There is no referral required.

The right program for you

You need to know what type of Parkinson’s you have and what to do about it. PD Warrior is not the same as working out in the gym, going for a walk or going for a swim. Although these are all excellent examples of good exercise behaviours for general fitness and health, they are not specific enough for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. What you miss out on by doing generic exercises is the opportunity to drive the brains natural ability to re-wire itself and protect itself depending on the type of Parkinson’s you have. PD Warrior incorporates the most current evidence into its program to ensure that you get success.

Who created PD Warrior?

PD Warrior was created in 2011 by two neurological physiotherapists in Australia.

Melissa McConaghy – Founder and Owner.
Melissa is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist who has been working with people with Parkinson’s disease for over 17 years. She is author of the book – The New Parkinson’s Treatment: Exercise is Medicine and is host of the podcast – PD Podcast. Melissa holds a Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy) and became the youngest fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2010.

Lynn Tullock, Founder.
Lynn is a Neurological Physiotherapist who has been working with people with Parkinson’s for over 12 years. She is the Clinical Director of Advance Rehab Centre and co-founder of PD Warrior. She holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.


You can be confident with Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic. Our outstanding reputation speaks for itself and all our high-quality specialist treatments and exercise programmes you can trust.

To book an appointment with one of our highly skilled and approachable specialist therapists, call 0114 267 1223

Alternatively, you can email us at or try our live chat facility at the bottom of the page.

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