The evidence for embracing an active lifestyle is overwhelming. The type, intensity and progressions will depend on many factors: your physical status, parkinson specific symptoms, mood, cognition and medical history. The key is to increase and preserve fitness levels and target Parkinson’s specific issues.
Adopting a more active, exercise focused lifestyle at diagnosis is essential.
We know that structured exercise rehabilitation can suppress parkinsons symptoms and improve motor performance.
There is emerging evidence that exercising 2.5 hours, or 150 minutes, per week can slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. The type and intensity are crucial factors.
Animal studies indicate that intensive exercise may have neuroprotective properties. Whilst there is no evidence of this as yet in human trials, it is extremely promising but more research is required.
You have the option of a one to one assessment and treatment or attending one of our PD specific exercise classes, run by chartered neurophysiotherapists trained in the latest evidence based physiotherapy treatments.
The classes are designed to be very active and dynamic, and every effort is made to address individual impairments within the group setting by customising the exercise selection.
Exercises are modified regularly both for variety and to ensure a proper training stimulus is achieved. We now know that doing the same exercise for more than 6 – 8 weeks limits the potential for further improvement.
Many of the class participants say they benefit positively not only from the structured exercise but also from peer support.
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Martin towey is qualified instructor in PD Warrier, mindfulness instructor and co-ordinator of the PD classes in the clinic. He also runs mindfulness parkinsons classes.
Grainne Mckeown is qualified in LSVT “BIG” program. Chairperson of the Physiotherapy and PD special interest group, has attended the international PD Physiotherapy school and is involved in teaching Physiotherapists about Parkinsons disease. She runs the movement disorder clinic in the Dublin Neurological Institute, Mater hospital and the PD class in the Mater hospital.