Exercises for the Parkinson Patient
Just as running water does not freeze
So moving muscles do not freeze
Exercise is an essential complementary therapy for most Parkinson patients because movements are affected in Parkinson disease. It may improve muscle joint strength, maximize ones physical ability and prevents further degeneration and disability due to disuse or injury. Exercise also elevates mood and can help relieve depression and foster feeling of general well being.
The form of exercise you choose depends on your own preference and your mobility, but ideally you should pick an exercise that you can do regularly throughout the year - walking, jogging ,stretching, swimming and other activities can help Parkinson patients.
I exercise daily using a styn bike alternate with yoga and muscle stretch using a thereband tube. These exercises help my energy levels and state of mind. It gives me a sense of being able to impact my health by keeping my body as healthy as can and not just relying on the pill to do that.
Yoga and Taichi: Some of the gentle stretching and balance oriented exercises are ideal for Parkinson Patients because they involve slow, deliberate movements. Yoga has also been found to improve lung function and breathing. These are just a few of the many applications over main stream medicines as found for yoga.
Taichi coordinates movements of the body with the mind and breathing and emphasizes flexibility, balance, and serenity of both mind and body. It was found that people who practice Taichi had improved balance flexibility and cardiovascular fitness when compared to sedentary Parkinson patients. One patient stopped using her cane and walker after 3 months of practicing Taichi.
The most important thing of all is to open your mind to do the possibility of one or more of the above therapies as a means of healing and promoting physical, emotional and spiritual health. Find out what works for you and what does not. Trust your instincts, practice what feels right and discard what does not.