Thursday, December 10, 2015

What This Trainer Has Learned About Exercise and Parkinson's Disease

I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR A PHYSICAL THERAPIST, NOR AM I AN EXPERT ON P.D. I AM JUST A TRAINER WHO HAS HAD SOME SUCCESS WORKING WITH CLIENTS WHO HAVE PARKINSON’S DISEASE. YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM.

In my experience, there are specific exercises that can benefit all exercisers, but especially those with Parkinson’s disease.

Addressing tremors in the hand and arm on the afflicted side can help the exerciser perform movements that temporarily override the tremors, allowing for free and easy arm movements. 

Besides building strength and mobility, this can be a huge stress reliever.

For those suffering from “foot shuffling” syndrome, certain exercises addressing the foot and ankle can dramatically improve gait and, when done regularly, may even eliminate the shuffle or dragging of the foot.

Great exercise strategies help deepen the connections between the brain and the joints and muscles. 

Great exercise addresses the entire nervous system.


More to come on this subject.