EXERCISE FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) benefit from exercise during all stages of living with PD.

Exercise performed with high effort designed to challenge power, agility and balance can be tailored for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, providing neuroprotective benefits as well as targeting specific PD symptoms harnessing the brains ability to rewire itself (read this blog for more information about exercise and brain health).

The best type of exercise for PD is the one that you will do! Current evidence demonstrates that performing 2.5 hours a week of exercise can slow down symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, so you just need to find the right exercise for you.

Here in Perth, Parkinson’s WA have several support programmes including Tai Chi, yoga and dancing; Inner Focus Physiotherapy provides yoga also; and there are PD Warrior classes in Como and Nedlands.

Parkinson’s Disease Circuit Class 
(Group of 6 to 8 people; cost $25)

Kingsley Studio offer circuit class physiotherapy for people with Parkinson’s disease. Neurological physiotherapist Jacey Kraut runs the class and has completed Level 2 PD Warrior training. The circuit class includes 8 to 10 stations with tasks focused on power, coordination, balance, agility, functional tasks and flexibility.

These tasks are individualised for each participant.

The exercises will also form part of a home exercise program so that the right amount of practice is performed for full benefits.

Class timetables vary according to demand. Contact us to discuss whether circuit classes or 1:1 neurological physiotherapy would suit you best.