available as one-on-one or small group trainingsessions in client homes (located within 25 miles of downtown Boston, MA)
Physical Exercise & Neuromuscular Conditioning for people with Parkinson’s Parkinson’s is a chronic condition that primarily affects movement. It is caused by the breakdown of brain cells that create a substance called dopamine. Dopamine acts as a chemical messenger to the parts of the brain that control movement. Lack of sufficient dopamine causes the typical Parkinson’s symptoms of tremor, slow movement, stiffness, and problems with balance and walking.
Exercise improves overall health and well-being for everyone, but it has special benefits for people with Parkinson’s. A regular program of moderate exercise can help control your symptoms, help you continue to enjoy your daily activities, and enhance your comfort, mobility, and quality of life.
Exercise has been shown to reduce rates of coronary artery disease, stroke, and adult onset diabetes. It can lower high blood pressure, help manage weight, enhance bone health, elevate mood, and improve sleep. Exercise also increases oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. Exercise confers several benefits of special interest for people with Parkinson’s. Scientific studies show that exercise programs improve strength, balance, walking speed, overall physical functioning, and quality of life. Further, there is evidence suggesting that when exercise is introduced early, disease progression can be slowed. Some of the benefit is probably related to increased oxygenation and promotes "neuroplasticity" or brain cell regeneration and repair. In addition, physical activity stimulates the creation of dopamine and reduces Parkinson’s symptoms.
There are specific types of exercises that are appropriate for people with Parkinson's and certain activitites that should be avoided. DeAnna draws from her extensive movement background to create workouts that incorporate various modalities including:
YOGA & STRETCHING helps to relieve some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including muscle tension and stiffness, decreased range of motion, and increased risk of muscle injury.
WEIGHT-TRAINING & PILATES which strengthens muscles, helping to improve bradykinesia (slowness of movement), motor control and tremors.
DANCE & TAI CHI-based movements because of their inherent mind-body connection, build body and spatial awareness while emphasizing rhythm, thereby assisting in gait and balance. Both disciplines train and challenge the mind to learn complex phrases and concepts, which increases memory by building focus and the ability to multi-task skills.