Study found it improved gait, stiffness, mood, attention and overall quality of life.
The benefits of exercise that apply to a normal, healthy person are even greater in Parkinson's disease.
Monday, July 07, 2014
People with Parkinson's disease who regularly walk for exercise may significantly improve their physical and mental function, a new study finds.
"The benefits of exercise that apply to a normal, healthy person are even greater in Parkinson's disease because it also affects the symptoms of the disease. A person with Parkinson's will get all the benefits that a normal, healthy person does, plus it will modify the symptoms of their disease," said Dr. Daniel Corcos, a professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. Corcos was not involved in the new study.
Parkinson's is a motor system disorder that impairs a person's ability to control their muscle movements.
The new study, published online July 2 in the journal Neurology, involved 60 Parkinson's disease patients between the ages of 50 and 80. All were in the early stages of the disease. They were living independently, had no signs of dementia or other serious health problems, and could walk without the aid of a cane or walker while on their regular medications.
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