Parkinson’s disease affects the signals traveling between the body and the brain. To the person, it may feel like their body is moving the same way it always has. In reality, all of their movements are getting smaller. A person with Parkinson’s takes noticeably smaller steps, their arm swing decreases, and even their handwriting may become smaller and harder to read.
Aside from the impact to their balance and ability to walk at a quick pace, many people with Parkinson’s become self-conscious about their reduced arm swing and changes in gait. This can lead to avoiding social situations, which can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing. One way to counter this symptom is with “big” exercises.
Big exercises for Parkinson’s are designed to retrain the brain using exaggerated motions, which are repeated over and over. By performing these exercises regularly, a person can restore their range of motion. The movements are simple and safe, they are merely exaggerated to help counter the change in perception caused by Parkinson’s disease.
Big exercises are an element included in workouts with our Wellthon mobile app. As part of the evidence-based Delay the Disease program, participants have seen measurable improvement in balance, gait and range of motion. The goal of our exercise program for Parkinson’s is to improve quality of life and provide better control of symptoms, such as smaller movement.