Fitness for Parkinson Patients

All You Need To Know About The Fitness Elements Of Parkinson’s Disease

According to the website http://www.gordon.edu/balance, research has found that the need for an individual to continue with exercise programs will maintain advantages received during Parkinson disease therapy; as well as, increasing the benefits seen in treatment progress.  Few factors have contributed as greatly as exercise, not only in this instance but in ageing overall.

Focusing on Parkinson’s disease, the programs available can assist using exercise with arts and movement treatments.

The Exercise Programs

In our exercise programs we will focus on personalized exercises used to improve stability, balance, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength training for all individuals.  The aim is for participants to combat the condition and fight symptoms, similar to an athlete in their training phase.  During the program, the individual will be provided with opportunities to challenge themselves and promote other members to increase endurance and mobility through the following exercises:

– boxing
– hand weights
– step weights
– agility ladders
– resistance bands
– Parkinson’s-specific dance and yoga programs
– limb stretching
– ball throwing, kicking, and passing
– rhythm walking
– marching
– chair exercises
– obstacle courses
– posture and body alignment

The Arts And Movement Programs

Art is not just about drawing, painting and acting; it is about being greative and attempting to use the Parkinson’s condition to move rather than having it restrict your movement.  This is according to Rachel Dolhun, a medical practitioner and staff movement disorder specialist at the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

To help embrace art and movement using it to embrace treatment for Parkinson’s disease, our programs promote dance with inventive movement.  This combination of dance and innovation engages both mind and body; thus, providing a unique technique for practising balancing, stretching, breathing exercises, and releasing tensions.  The class instructor, Dianna Daly, implements all these elements in her teaching style on a weekly basis.

Music is another therapeutic aspect of the arts and movement classes that must be explored.  According to the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (the author of the iconic Don Quixote), the individual who sings frightens away his ills.  Our program’s music therapist, Emily Interrante, will help frighten away the ills by instructing groups of singers on a regular basis.  Not only do the singers (our members) have an enjoyable time lifting their voices in song, they also learn to improve breathing control, promote communication abilities through voice projection, control swallowing, and will increase speech control with facial muscle relaxation.

Bill Dluhosh, the music therapist at the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Washington, noted that playing music is a highly beneficial activity as it increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.  This will help decrease the Parkinson’s symptoms and development, specifically with the use of drumming.