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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.”

Learn more about exercise and PD by reading:

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

Related Resources from the PD Resource List

Physical Therapy in PD
Category: Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Resource Type: Publications
Publication Date: 2010
Author: David Lehman, Ph.D. and Mark A. Hirsch, Ph.D.
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 fact sheet offers information about the benefits of exercise and physical therapy that may improve some of the motor symptoms associated with PD. Subjects include an overview of the research, as well as the implication of these studies for people with PD. Also offered in Spanish.

Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's
Category: Exercise
Resource Type: Publications
Publication Date: 2004
Author: Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Publisher: Janet Hamburg
Cost: Yes
Phone: (913) 341-8828
Associated URL:
Language: English
This DVD/video, originally co-produced with PDF, includes seated exercises specifically designed to address Parkinson's movement challenges such as balance, flexibility, walking, posture, vocal range and facial expression.

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