Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Exercise to Manage Parkinson's Disease


What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the central nervous system. According to MedicineNet.com, it is the most common movement disorder. This condition occurs when there is an insufficient production of the chemical – dopamine – in the brain. Dopamine is a messenger in the brain that is responsible for producing smooth, coordinated muscle movements. Thus, in people with Parkinson’s disease, this lack of dopamine in the brain results in limited and uncoordinated movement.

Causes
The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown; however genetic and environmental factors, such as exposure to toxins, are potential contributing factors.

Symptoms
The following symptoms may occur with Parkinson’s disease:
·         Tremors
·         Rigidity
·         Bradykinesia (limited movement of the extremities)
·         Poor motor control when rising form a chair
·         Stooped posture
·         Shuffled and stiff gait (walking pattern)
The figure below illustrates the typical standing posture of an individual with Parkinson’s disease.


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Treatment and Exercise
Parkinson’s disease is treated with medication. But, because it is a movement disorder, it is essential that people with this condition also receive supervised physical therapy on a regular basis, in order to maintain functional ability for as long as possible. The condition is progressive; however, exercise can help to slow the progression and maintain mobility.

Falls are a common problem in people with Parkinson’s disease because of the shuffled and stiff walking pattern. Individuals with this condition will tend to stoop forward, shuffling their feet along the ground instead of picking them up. This may result in them tripping over the smallest uneven surface and possibly falling. These people also often have a slower reaction time, meaning they are less likely to catch themselves if they lose their balance. Falls are very serious in elderly people, as their injuries become more severe, resulting in less mobility, thereby creating a vicious cycle.

So, the first and most important aspect to consider when working with a Parkinson’s patient is that of gait, or walking pattern. It is essential to make these people aware of how they walk and make the necessary corrections, explaining why these corrections are made. Also, practice walking in various directions and around different objects, so that they become comfortable with moving in different directions.

Fluid movements must be encouraged. These include walking, cycling and swimming, amongst others. If a person has already developed a tremor, one does not want to exacerbate this by getting them to lift excessive weights. Keep weight training to a minimum and rather do more repetitions, keeping the movements smooth and manageable. This will also create a feeling of achievement which is important for motivation.

Stretching and flexibility exercises are important to maintain range of motion. Therapists must be aware of how the person is feeling. If one overstretches a patient, they may respond by tensing up the muscles, thereby exacerbating rigidity. The patient must remain relaxed during stretching.

It is important to ensure that exercises are functional, thereby assisting patients to maintain their ability to perform the activities of daily living. Find out what an individual struggles to do at home and work on ways to improve those movements.

So, for those of you who may have been diagnosed with this condition, don’t sit back feeling sorry for yourself. Get up and keep moving! With the help of a Biokineticist, you can still have prolonged functional ability and quality of life!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a nice article. Exercise can bring about significant improvement in symptoms related to Parkinson's disease and can substantially improve the quality of life of elderly individuals affected with this condition. When my grandmother started having this issue she took help of this medicine: Zandopa. It is highly effective and I would recommend it to all those who are suffering from this issue.

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    1. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease even though I don't have the DaTscan until may 22. I was being tested for multiple sclerosis and have been displaying symptoms for around 3 years, shaking, twitching, rigidity, neck pain and anxiety. I am a 61 year old female.
      I started falling a lot when losing my balance and had a hard time walking normal,for the past few years my life hasn't remain the same,i almost spent all my money on medical treatment not until i found totalcureherbalfoundation gmail. com online who helped me get rid of this disease,i then started using a Total cure herbal foundation herbal remedies.i start to use their herbal formula which was the best i ever had,i used this herbal remedies for weeks and i can proudly say i fully cure of Parkinson (PD) disease.
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  2. PARKINSONS DISEASE
    My husband was diagnosed of Parkinsons disease nearly 7 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Senemet for 8 months and then Siferol was introduced and replaced the Senemet, during this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor's knowledge) and started him on PD natural herbal formula we ordered from NEWLIFE HERBAL CLINIC, his symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Newlife Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. He is now almost 57 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www .newlifeherbalclinic .com)

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  3. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in my mid to late 40's. I had hand tremors for several years. Gradually became worse. I then noticed when I was tired the tremors were worse. I started falling for no apparent reason. I now have stiffness in my legs and need to walk with 2 canes or a walker. I am very slow getting around. I am now 52 years old. I am forgetful at times and have difficulty expressing myself. I have difficulty swallowing at times. I become tired easily, I also become quite dizzy when performing any athletic function (jogging). I was on Levodopa/Carbidopa, 100/25. nothing was really working to help my condition. Finally i started on parkinson's herbal formula i purchased from Health Herbal Clinic, i read alot of great reviews from other patients who used the parkinson's herbal treatment. I used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks, its effects on parkinson's is amazing, all My symptoms gradually faded away, I have been active and hope to continue! (Visit www. healthherbalclinic. net or email at Info@ healthherbalclinic. net) I recommend this Parkinson's herbal formula for all Parkinson's Patients.

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  4. My husband is 80 years and has been suffering from PD for the past 15 years. Lately he started hallucinating and I didn't know how to handle the situation. He cannot sleep and tried to find and catch the imaginary people who he thinks are real. he was taken Entacapone with Levodopa, Carbidopa, and Pramipexole and started physical therapy to strengthen muscles. nothing was really working to help his condition.I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started him on parkinson’s herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, his symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula.i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula, my husband is now active, he can now go about daily exercise!! his symptoms so much reduced that now I hardly notice them.Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net com or email Info@ healthherbalclinic. net

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  5. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease even though I don't have the DaTscan until may 22. I was being tested for multiple sclerosis and have been displaying symptoms for around 3 years, shaking, twitching, rigidity, neck pain and anxiety. I am a 61 year old female.
    I started falling a lot when losing my balance and had a hard time walking normal,for the past few years my life hasn't remain the same,i almost spent all my money on medical treatment not until i found totalcureherbalfoundation gmail. com online who helped me get rid of this disease,i then started using a Total cure herbal foundation herbal remedies.i start to use their herbal formula which was the best i ever had,i used this herbal remedies for weeks and i can proudly say i fully cure of Parkinson (PD) disease.
    totalcureherbalfoundation@ gmail .com

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  6. Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Mbeki Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors.

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  7. Around age 60 I noticed that my handwriting was getting smaller and I was writing faster. I also noticed a small tremor in my right hand. The doctor went over my different symptoms and he suspected I'd either had a small stroke or the beginnings of Parkinson 's disease. After finding a neurologist and some testing I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease. That was 4 years ago. I take Sinimet four times a day to control my symptoms, which include falling, imbalance, gait problems, swallowing difficulties, and slurring of speech,December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This Herbal Formula is Incredible!! My life is back.

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  8. My husband will be 81 years old next month and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 13 months ago. his main symptom were and rigidity or stiffness of his right-hand side.he also had some difficulty writing. The original diagnosis was confirmed three months later by a second neurologist. He was on one tablet of pramipexole (Sifrol), 0.25 mg three times a day. Four months ago his neurologist added Biperiden, 2 mg. he takes half a tablet of Biperiden three times a day. Since the original diagnosis, his stiffness has slowly increased. He lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started him on PD natural herbal formula we ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, I spoke to few people who used the treatment here in Canada and they all gave a positive response, his symptoms totally declined over a 6 weeks use of the Green House Parkinson’s disease natural herbal formula. He is now almost 81 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www . Greenhouseherbalclinic . com) I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. Share with friends!!

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