Physical Therapy and Exercise and Parkinson's Disease
Part of the early signs of Parkinson’s for me was this sense of energy flowing through my left arm, it felt like zaps of energy running around; like an electrical current that had no where to go. Therefore, in my mind I thought if this is excess energy and it needs a place to go, I would give it somewhere to go and so, started and exercise program using my hands, arm and wrists.
I began using an 8 lb. barbell that you usually
attach weights to, but instead of adding weights, I just rolled the bar
between my fingers, using my wrists to turn it inward and outward. In
the beginning, my left wrist made a ratchet movement when I twisted the
bar, and the longer I tried to make it turn the bar, the harder it
became to hold it still. However, eventually my wrist became stronger
and I was able to maintain the exercise.
You can Exercise
The one thing you have control over is what you can do with your body. New studies are being done right now, between the correlation of physical exercise and the effect it has on our brain.
Talk to your Doctor, make him aware of the studies being done right now. Do not wait to see if exercise does have a positive effect on the brain and they report it in the media. Start moving now. Start out doing whatever your body allows you to do. Start small and work up to doing something every day. Even if it is the smallest movement right now, keep doing it. As the saying goes in the PD world, Use it, Move it or Lose it. Read more about the study of exercise and the brain and Parkinson's Disease.
There seems to be more evidence proving the effectiveness of exercise for the Parkinson's patient. Here is another site promoting exercise for the wellbeing of the Parkinson's patient.
Studies now being done show a correlation between
physical therapy, exercise and the brain in Parkinson’s patients. It is
my hope that with these studies, it will motivate Doctors to refer
patients with Parkinson’s disease to
Naturopathic physicians, physical therapist‘s, massage
therapist’s, psychologist’s and nutritionist’s at the initial diagnosis
of this disease. Therefore giving the patient a longer mobility; agility
in their life along with a full support system in which to be encouraged
in the long life that have in front of them.