Exercise in Parkinson�s disease

 

It is important to continue to exercise at a level commensurate with the person�s clinical abilities. As Parkinson�s disease involves muscle stiffness, stretching exercises such as yoga or tai-chi may be helpful.  Longer duration, low intensity treadmill exercise has been found to be more effecttive at improving gait function than high intensity, shorter duration treadmill exercise in a study by Dr. Shulman.

 

Reference:

Wong AM, Lin YC, Chou SW, et al. Coordination exercise and postural stability in elderly people: Effect of Tai Chi Chuan.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001;82:608-12 Journal Link

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