Parkinson’s and Axial Mobility (Part 1, Cervical Spine)

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being" Plato "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." Hippocrates Introduction: The function of our spine and all the bones and muscles, and associated …

Parkinson’s- Motion Monday- Exercise

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” William H. Cooper “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” Marcus Tullius Cicero "Find some exercises you like, make it a routine.Find others who like what you like, makes it more fun.Your life with Parkinson’s is …

Living With Parkinson’s

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." David Viscott "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller Introduction: Having gone through a major change in strategy to treat my Parkinson's (see "Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper"), I have returned …

Journey With Parkinson’s: (Part 2) A Different Side of Life

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." Khalil Gibran "Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back." Harvey Mackay Introduction: I am a scientist, trained as …

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade Parkinson’s

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been" Rainer Maria Rilke A New Year: Happy New Year everyone. I begin with a thank-you to all of the readers of this blog; …

Prescription for Parkinson’s: Exercise is Medicine

"Exercise: you don't have time not to" George A. Sheehan "It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." Marcus Tullius Cicero A Mantra for Prescription for Parkinson's: Exercise is Medicine"With Parkinson’s, we need Dopamine.From Exercise, we make ‘Hopeamine.’If this is true, pick exercises you enjoy.Try to maximize your daily …

The Power of Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) for Parkinson’s Disease: Moves, Gym, and Surge

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison "It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." Socrates Introduction: After developing LSVT BIG® for her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Becky Farley went on and started/founded Parkinson Wellness Recovery® …

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: The Science Behind How Exercise Slows Disease Progression

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden "To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise." Gene Tunney Précis: For Parkinson's Awareness Month, let's begin with an important reminder/statement that "Exercise is medicine for Parkinson's disease."  Coming soon in a future blog post I will review …

Living and Working with “HOPE” in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Life is difficult. This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths-it is a great truth because once we see this truth, we transcend it." M. Scott Peck "Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is difficult. Life is wonderful." Kate DiCamillo Introduction: A student and loyal reader of this blog recently asked “What …

9 Things to Know About Exercise-induced Neuroplasticity in Human Parkinson’s

"A willing mind makes a hard journey easy." Philip Massinger "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being." Plato Introduction: Much of my life has been spent exercising. Most of this exercise has been done with sheer delight.  Since receiving my Parkinson's diagnosis, my opinion of exercise has changed.  With Parkinson's, I'm now …