Exercise is known to offset many physical side effects of Parkinson disease. A recent pilot study suggests that early exercise also can reduce depression symptoms among individuals with PD.
A study of 31 patients randomly assigned to two groups (an early exercise start group and a delayed exercise start group) found that patients in the early start group scored "significantly better" on the Beck Depression Inventory, according to Parkinsonism & Related Disorders ("Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson's disease..." - Jan. 20, 2014).
Physical therapists are movement experts who develop treatment programs to help people with Parkinson's Disease stay as active and independent as possible. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
- Physical Therapy Guide to Parkinson's Disease
- Podcast: Parkinson's Disease and the Role of Physical Therapy
- Video: Physical Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
- 6 Sports for People With Parkinson's Disease
- High-Intensity Treadmill Exercise May Slow Symptoms of Parkinson Disease
- Podcast: Aging Well: 70+ Adults and a PT Share How To Thrive, Despite Chronic Conditions
- Podcast: Benefits of Physical Therapy for People with Alzheimer's Disease
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