The benefits of Parkinson’s-specific exercises for better health

It’s time… to MOVE!

We are now seeing the benefits of Parkinson’s-specific exercises helping to:

  • reduce tremor
  • reduce stiffness and rigidity
  • improve posture
  • improve co-ordination and balance
  • improve walking and arm use
  • improve confidence to participate in life’s every day activities

In the last 10 years, research into how people with Parkinson’s should best exercise has turned a corner for the better. There has been a paradigm shift in when to start exercising and how to go about exercise in the early stages of Parkinson’s and the physiotherapy profession is still catching up on the latest developments across the globe.

New best practice guidelines in Europe indicate that exercise from the time of diagnosis is what newly diagnosed people need.

But how to move…? That is the question and how that is answered will determine the effectiveness of your exercise program in managing your Parkinson’s symptoms.

Patients are saying, ‘we wish we’d discovered programs like PD Warrior sooner.’ There is a strong theme of people newly diagnosed feeling helpless when hearing they have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s , and feeling alone, without adequate support.

Although exercise is not a cure for Parkinson’s it does seem to be helping to slow the progression of the disease. Research has demonstrated a reduction in symptoms that can delay the need for increases in Parkinson’s medication.

What does Parkinson’s specific exercise involve?

Parkinson’s specific exercise is not like anything I had seen or taught or experienced before.  It involves combining many concepts of effective exercise principles to drive the system through challenge to change. It’s fun, it’s powerful and it’s hard work.   Through discipline and effort it can produce change, to help you become your best version of you.

What are the benefits of exercise?

Exercise that sees you working at a moderate to high intensity of physical effort has many benefits:

Be happier – exercise:

  • Improves your mood

Be healthier – exercise:

  • Reduces your blood sugar levels
  • Increases your bone density
  • Improves your cholesterol levels
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves muscle strength,
  • Improves co-ordination and balance
  • Improves fitness

Be brighter – exercise:

  • Improves you concentration
  • Improves your alertness and thinking skills
  • Improves your memory

In people with Parkinson’s we are also seeing improvements in amplitude and power in daily activities in your Parkinson’s affected body parts, some people experiencing a reduction in tremor and stiffness, and an increased ease of generating movement in daily tasks.

So now that you know that moving helps to keep your body at its best, it’s up to you to take the challenge and learn what this means for you. It’s up to you to fight for your future and  learn how to make exercise your ally.  It’s time to see exercise as just as important as your medicine in keeping you at your best and helping you live life to the full.

It’s time to Move!

Find out more today Contact Marize to see if physiotherapy is right for you.


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