Exercise and Neuroprotection in Human Parkinson’s: The Long and Winding Road

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." Marcus Tullius Cicero "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being." Plato Introduction: I have been convinced for a while that exercise is medicine. This blog post summarizes two publications: Crotty, Grace F., and Michael A. Schwarzschild. "Chasing …

Persistent Exercise and Physical Therapy Improve Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s

"Beginners are many; finishers are few." Stephen Covey "Nothing comes from doing nothing." William Shakespeare Introduction: By now, you know exercise is medicine for many disorders, including Parkinson's. But how is our health improved for those with Parkinson's, and what does that mean? The studies described here are either review articles that summarize the evidence …

Golf and Reducing the Risk of Falls in Parkinson’s

"The harder you work, the luckier you get." Gary Player "The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight." Ben Hogan Précis: The sport of golf provides a low-impact all-around form of exercise that improves balance and flexibility and promotes a range of motion by activation of muscles in the upper and lower body. If you …

Parkinson’s and Axial Rotation (Part 2, Thoracic Spine)

"It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts." Jack LaLanne "The essence of decay is inactivity." Jack LaLanne Background: The function of our spine and all the bones and muscles, and associated tissues connected to this region are crucial for our everyday life. …

Reflection on Friday- Exercise is Medicine

“Neurons that fire together wire together. Mental states become neural traits. Day after day, your mind is building your brain. This is what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” Rick Hanson “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” Santiago Ramón y Cajal The Brain and the Central Nervous System …

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 …

Playing Golf in the Presence of Parkinson’s and Some Motivational Quotes for Exercise

"But in the end it's still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point." Payne Stewart "You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about." Bobby Jones Introduction: It is winter …

Go FAR and Be ADEPT With Exercises For Parkinson’s

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." Jerry West "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." Arnold Palmer Précis: By now, everyone knows the importance of exercise. However, in my opinion, you cannot hear it enough. Exercise is Medicine, especially …

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 …

2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month (Part 2)- Exercise

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.“ William James "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun Part 2 of Parkinson’s Awareness Month is Dedicated to Exercise:Introduction to Parkinson's:What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s usually presents as a motor system disorder that results from the loss …

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