People With Parkinsons Disease
that sounds ominous doesn’t it!
Ok so it’s not the best news you’ve
had all year, but it is what it is and luckily,
we know just the exercises to help! Training
to improve your condition requires a very
specific set of exercise genres.
For the last 5 years I have worked
with PWP and their improvements
have been amazing:-)
Let me explain the 7 specific
genres of PD exercises:
- Gait: This is the walking stuff, you
know that shuffle you see some PWPs
afflicted with, I work on exercises to
help lengthen the stride and work on
the confidence needed to feel comfortable
taking those strides.
- Posture: Parkies seems to be obsessed
with making PWP hunch over, this also
helps to aid the aforementioned shuffle.
I work a lot with postural righting exercises
to help improve your posture and to slow
this process down.
- Flexibility: Muscles and joints all
suffer from stiffness where PD is concerned,
so I incorporate lots of stretchy stuff
into each workout.
- Balance: Falls are common with
Parkies, so let’s work on strengthening
your balance so it doesn’t happen!
- Strength: Particularly the ability
to be able to pick yourself up after
a fall, this improves your independence
so you feel confident being able to go
out unaided where possible.
- Forced exercise (KPA) & Coordination: The
premise of the slowness you feel is due
to the body’s inability to make
all the necessary connections in the
brain to make movement possible. As
a PWP you have access to less variety
of movement than non PD sufferers. In
a nutshell, your brain does not allow
you to move X Y and Z to sip a cuppa
for example you may only connect X and
Z, missing Y entirely. The idea
behind this tricky genre called Forced
exercise which I like to call KPA (short
for Kick Parkies A….) is that
you confuse the brain in a different
way, pushing it to make new connections,
potentially finding the Y again and ultimately
improving your motor skills.
- Voice/Face: a tricky one, not really
a spectator sport at all, but it is something
you should consider, I’m more likely
to get you to do homework than watch
you make silly faces in front of me,
however, silly faces, or rather exaggerated
faces are what you need to practice consistently
to overcome that “deadpan” face
often associated with Parkies. Voice
as well as you tend to speak quieter
and faster than before so much so that
communication with loved ones can be
difficult….I will most likely
get you to do some voice exercises, ie
reciting the alphabet and other fun stuff
during your workouts (yes, multitasking)
to help slow this process down.
As they say Parkies is a designer
disease, no two people have the
same afflictions, many don’t
even have a tremor! One one One
training works best as a program
can be tailored to address your
specific concerns. You
are most welcome to bring in
a support person with you if
you are worried about falls etc,
however, I dare say I am a relatively
good catch though:-)
Click on these testimonials if
you want to read some PWP’s
stories through their words.
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