Does Exercise Really Reduce Risk and Progression of Parkinson Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s.

Around 1 in every 308 people in Australia live with PD, with 37 new cases being identified each day around the nation.

Now, we know medication has been the main form of treatment for people diagnosed with PD, however, did you know physiotherapy is also a commonly prescribed intervention as well?

How will exercise help you improve?

  • improve motor symptoms (such as movement, coordination & balance)
  • walking quality (gait pattern, speed & endurance)
  • muscle strength
  • pain
  • posture
  • independence
  • confidence

More specifically, resistance training, treadmill training and strategy training all improve the above!

Exercise in PD is now being viewed as a powerful medicine if received in the right dose, at the right time, by a trained physiotherapist with experience with PD management.

Although there is no cure for PD, exercise has been found to benefit the neurons in the brain and result in slowing down the progression of the disease in the very early stages. This means the earlier you are engaged with a trained physiotherapist, the more likely you will delay PD progression.

Have Questions?

If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with PD, get in touch with us today or book in now for a consultation with our highly trained Physiotherapists.

It’s a race with Parkinson Disease, let us win this together!!

Archana Sharan
Physiotherapy Team Lead