Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological condition, estimated to be the second most common neurological condition within Australia. Research shows that more than 100,000 Australians are living with Parkinson’s, with the average age being 65.
The three main, and commonly recognised symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Parkinson’s Disease occurs when the body fails to produce enough Dopamine, a chemical that is vital for the smooth control of muscles and movement.
While Scientist’s don’t completely understand the cause of Parkinson’s Disease, both environmental and genetic influences are to be considered.
At this stage, there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. However, research shows that regular physical activity and exercise can help to manage the severity of this neurological condition.
Exercise has the ability to improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength and motor coordination. A mix of cardiovascular and resistance exercises can help to improve individuals symptoms and increase quality of life.
For those with Parkinson’s Disease, it is important to engage with your GP before commencing exercise for the first time. From there, you may be referred to an Exercise Physiologist to ensure an individual exercise program is created by a health professional who specialises in exercise prescription and delivery.
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