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Do you find that exercise eases your Parkinson's symptoms or are you looking for a way to get started?  Regular exercise or physical therapy is crucial for:

  • Maintaining and improving mobility, flexibility, balance, range of motion
  • Easing PD’s secondary symptoms such as depression and constipation

According to David Lehman, Ph.D., P.T., and Mark Hirsch, Ph.D., “ In addition to helping with movement, researchers now believe that exercise may influence the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Most of this research is based on animal models of Parkinson’s, but some of the findings may apply to humans.”

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As with every aspect of your care, always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Related Resources from the PD Resource List

The Effects of Exercise on PD
Category: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Resource Type: PD ExpertBriefings
Publication Date: 2015
Author: Margaret Schenkman, P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A.
Publisher: Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Cost: Free
Toll Free: ( 800) 457-6676
Associated URL: 
Address: 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509
City: New York
Zip: 10018
Language: English
State: New York
This webinar discusses how different types of exercise affect the brain and symptoms of Parkinson's.

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