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Parkinson's Disease and Exercise

Parkinson's Disease and Exercise

Topic Overview

Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson's disease . It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you:

  • Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination.
  • Maintain and increase endurance.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness.
  • Control weight.
  • Reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated.

Exercise also can promote a sense of well-being and improve your mood.

A physical therapist can help you learn exercises and stretches to do at home to improve posture, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

A physical or occupational therapist can also help you to:

  • Plan more efficient movements for daily living activities (such as bathing and dressing) so that these activities are easier and less tiring.
  • Improve balance and walking.
  • Use walking aids (such as canes or walkers) correctly.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
Last Revised December 5, 2012

Last Revised: December 5, 2012

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