Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities. For those living with Parkinson’s disease the numerous challenges that affect mobility, balance, and overall well-being can make exercising seem impossible. However, research has shown that exercise plays a pivotal role in the wellbeing of those with Parkinson’s.
What Are the Best Exercises for Parkinson’s Patients?
Recent studies emphasize the positive impact of exercise on Parkinson’s disease. Implementing a daily exercise routine can help people with Parkinson’s manage symptoms, improve overall mobility, flexibility, and balance, as well as ease non-motor symptoms such as depression. These outcomes are particularly beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s, as the disease affects motor skills and leads to a decline in physical function over time.
Tai Chi: Tai chi is a low-impact exercise that focuses on slow, flowing movements. It has been proven to enhance balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls for older adults and those with movement disorders. Tai chi can also reduce stress, help manage pain, and potentially boost immunity. A study showed that individuals who participated in a tai chi exercise program for 6 months improved their ability to walk, had better posture, and had fewer falls compared with those who did not practice tai chi.
Cycling: Riding a stationary or non-stationary bicycle can strengthen leg and core muscles, which will help improve balance and coordination for people with Parkinson’s. If you are new to cycling, talk to your doctor before beginning a cycling routine to make sure it is safe and right for you.
Strength Training: Resistance training is essential for maintaining muscle strength and can help make it easier to perform daily tasks. Simple exercises using resistance bands or light weights can help individuals with Parkinson’s combat muscle stiffness and increase strength.
Dance: When all else fails, just dance! Dance therapy has gained popularity for its positive impact on motor skills, strength, endurance, balance, and coordination in Parkinson’s patients. It’s also a fun way to stay fit and can elevate a person’s mood.
Nightingale Homecare’s Journeys Program
Having the right interventions can help loved ones with Parkinson’s disease live a higher quality of life every day. Nightingale Homecare’s Journeys program is designed to cater specifically to the unique needs of individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. This comprehensive program goes beyond traditional home care services by integrating specialized exercise routines, rehabilitation programs, and expert guidance from trained professionals.
Our certified therapists can assist with:
- Improving fine motor function for tasks such as buttoning clothing and brushing teeth
- Enhancing mobility through doctor-approved exercise programs
- Improving speech
- Swallowing therapy
- Balance and fall prevention
- Improving facial muscle control
- And much more
By incorporating evidence-based exercises and a supportive community, the team at Nightingale Homecare is committed to empowering those navigating the challenges of Parkinson’s. To learn more about our Journeys program or our other home care services, give us a call at (602) 854-9987 or reach out to us online for more information. We are proud to provide in-home care and movement disorder therapy in Phoenix, Peoria, Sun City, and throughout the surrounding communities.