People with Parkinson’s experience loss of strength, balance issues and tremors as part of their motor symptoms. Recent studies show that strength training - otherwise known as weight training or resistance training - can help improve all three of these conditions.
As the disease progresses, posture begins to deteriorate into a slump, where the person leans forward and hunches their shoulders. As a result of this posture change, the core muscles of the body lose strength. This can lead to a variety of new problems, including difficulty with balance and walking.
Regular exercise, including strength training, not only improves the posture and muscle strength for people with Parkinson’s, it can help the brain produce more dopamine. That means that non-motor symptoms can also see improvement when using strength training as part of your treatment plan.
Strength training is also an option to help wheelchair users regain lost mobility. There are seated exercises which can help rebuild lost muscle strength and function. These and other exercises are included in the Wellthon mobile app, as part of our personalized exercise programs for Parkinson’s disease.