Exercise is medicine in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Scientific evidence is showing us that the benefits of exercises in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease is growing.
Certain exercises have been shown to have the potential to slow down the loss of dopamine-producing cells, thereby slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s.
Alongside many other health benefits, it has also been shown that in people with progressive neurological conditions like Parkinson’s, exercise will help to bring about neuroplastic changes in the brain.
Neuroplasticity is the term for the sprouting of new brain pathways responsible for improved physical function. This means that exercises can help people with Parkinson’s overcome the movement difficulties they encounter.
Early Intervention is key:
While it is true that all people will benefit from exercise at any stage of their disease, better results are shown in those who start treatment early after diagnosis, before they are falling or freezing. Intensive, amplitude-based and multi-tasking training strategies are key to this documented success.
Where do I Start?
Our Senior Physiotherapist, Never Gunje, has a special interest in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. He is a fully qualified PD Warrior Instructor with years of experience in successfully treating people with Parkinson’s.