Muscular weakness and reduced joint mobility are some of the progressive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Performing leg exercises on a regular basis can be an effective treatment to reduce rigidity and make performing everyday actions - like getting up from a seated position - more natural and easier to do.
Leg exercises which are often recommended to help people with Parkinson’s increase strength include leg lifts, squats, knee extensions, and jumping in place. There are also leg exercises designed to help improve balance, and stretching exercises to increase flexibility. Research shows that participating in a rigorous exercise program helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s, and in some cases reverse the progress of the disease.
For wheelchair users, there are seated leg exercises which can help restore lost strength and function. These and many other exercises are included as part of our personalized exercise programs for Parkinson’s disease within the Wellthon mobile app.