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    Parkinson's Disease and Exercise

    Parkinson's Disease and Exercise

    Topic Overview

    Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson's disease . It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you:

    • Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination.
    • Maintain and increase endurance.
    • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
    • Improve cardiovascular fitness.
    • Control weight.
    • Reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated.

    Exercise also can promote a sense of well-being and improve your mood.

    A physical therapist can help you learn exercises and stretches to do at home to improve posture, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

    A physical or occupational therapist can also help you to:

    • Plan more efficient movements for daily living activities (such as bathing and dressing) so that these activities are easier and less tiring.
    • Improve balance and walking.
    • Use walking aids (such as canes or walkers) correctly.

    Credits

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
    Last Revised December 5, 2012

    Last Revised: December 5, 2012

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