Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, exercise is more than healthy: it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living.
Yoga can benefit both persons with PD and their care partners, but often people don’t know how to get started. This is part one; tune in next month for part two!
Several troubling headlines appeared recently after a large randomized controlled study, published in the American Medical Association’s neurology journal (JAMA Neurology), concluded that physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) did not improve activities of daily living in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
The recent surge in publications on exercise for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has left many patients and doctors ill equipped to implement programs. Most of the exercise trials in Parkinson’s have revealed meaningful benefits both in Parkinson’s specific symptoms and in quality of life.
The recent surge in publications on Parkinson’s disease related exercise has left many patients and doctors ill equipped to implement these types of programs for individual sufferers. Most of the exercise trials in Parkinson’s disease have revealed meaningful benefits both in Parkinson’s specific symptoms, and in quality of life.
This month a report appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine by Snijders and Bloem about a patient they encountered in their Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence. The report was accompanied by a dramatic video revealing a late-stage Parkinson’s disease (PD) patient with severe ambulation difficulties and freezing of gait. The patient had Parkinson’s for many years, but his report of being able to ride a bicycle for six or more miles each day struck Dr. Bloem as “very interesting.”