Pilates Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

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Does Pilates help Parkinson’s disease?

The comprehensive Pilates method can offer the optimal environment to maintain neuromuscular movement potential. With all special needs, it is preferable to find a Pilates teacher who has post-rehabilitation experience, works under the guidance of a rehabilitation professional, or is a Pilates certified Physical Therapist.

Can Yoga help Parkinson’s disease?

The symptoms include tremors, a shuffling walk, muscle stiffness, stooped posture, and a mask-like, expressionless face. Other non-motor symptoms include depression, dementia and cognitive impairment. In memory of Robin Williams, here are ways yoga practice can help people with Parkinson’s disease.

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Can rehabilitation help Parkinson’s disease?

There is growing evidence that individuals with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease can benefit from treatment that targets flexibility, strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning. Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone. These treatments can improve balance, walking and overall functional ability. In addition, therapy may slow down the progression of the disease. Moderate to vigorous exercise/activity should begin immediately upon diagnosis and continue throughout the course of the disease. Evidence also supports that regular aerobic exercise such as walking prevents development of cognitive impairment in healthy elderly individuals and this can hold true in Parkinson’s disease as well.

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