Exercise for Parkinson's

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Can exercise help with Parkinson's Disease?

Exercise for Parkinson's

Maintaining muscle tone and function can help with some of the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. If a patient is on medication for Parkinson's, an exercise program designed for that patient's particular symptoms can complement that treatment. Prior to starting an exercise regimen, a patient should visit his or her doctor or physical therapist, as the doctor or therapist can help determine which types of exercises will best benefit the patient.

In addition to 10 tips (link: http://www.cnsonline.org/www/archive/parkins/park-03.html) to help a Parkinson's patient walk and keep balance, there are exercises to help with the following:

  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Lying down on the floor or a firm bed
  • Better balance
  • Walking
  • Turning
  • Getting in and out of a chair
  • Getting out of bed
  • Using arms and hands
  • Safety in the bathtub and on the toilet
  • Speech and chewing difficulties
These exercises and tips can contribute to a safer environment for the Parkinson's patient. They should be used in addition to medications advised by a doctor or physical therapist.



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