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    Parkinson's Disease and Exercise

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    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:

    • Keep and improve muscle strength and endurance.
    • Control your weight and improve your cardiovascular fitness.
    • Improve your balance, coordination, flexibility, and range of motion.
    • Reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated.
    • Reduce your fear of falling and improve your quality of life.

    Exercise can promote a sense of well-being and improve your mood. For those who have mild Parkinson's symptoms, exercise can also reduce the chance of falling.

    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.

    References

    Other Works Consulted

    • Canning C, et al. (2015). Exercise for falls prevention in Parkinson disease. Neurology, 84(3): 304-312. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001155. Accessed January 28, 2015.

    Credits

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology

    Current as ofMarch 27, 2015

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