What is Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a neurological degenerative condition affecting nerve cells in a particular area of the brain responsible for producing Dopamine, a chemical in the brain which assists in sending nerve signals. This nerve damage results in impaired motor function, often presenting as tremors, muscle stiffness, slower movement and balance issues.
How can exercise help?
Individuals with Parkinson’s disease often do not participate in much exercise, resulting in reduced fitness. As a result, the effects of the disease can be worsened, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, reduced muscle strength, weakened bones (osteoporosis), anxiety/depression and an increased risk of falls.
Exercise can improve nerve and physical function, enhance fitness and strength to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of falls. Exercise can also enhance psychological well-being through social interaction. This can be done through the combination of specific strength, balance and cardio-based exercise with an Exercise Physiologist.
The 11th of April is World Parkinson’s Day, which is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, visit your Exercise Physiologist at Kieser today for a tailored exercise program.