The most recent literature regarding Parkinson’s disease suggests that exercise is essential in providing a comprehensive solution to patients with Parkinson’s disease. The landscape is changing and patients need an early intervention strategy that is specific to them (and their specific symptoms), which is derived from neuroplastic training exercise principles and is sustainable for long-term adherence.
Improve quality of life
Traditionally, exercise prescription for Parkinson’s disease has been administered only once people have experienced a falling. This approach typically does little to prevent the number of falls in people or slow the progression of symptoms. Recent evidence has shown that better results are possible by treating people shortly after diagnosis, and before they have started falling or freezing, with intensive, amplitude-based and multi-tasking training strategies.
The results from exercise programs that employ such strategies show an improvement in the quality of life and self-efficacy; as well as reduced depression, fatigue and bodily discomfort when compared to patients taking medication alone.
PD Warrior is an early intervention strategy for people who have been diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. The PD Warrior philosophy is that exercise, education, community and a life-long commitment to fighting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can help patients to develop a greater state of physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Who is well-suited to starting PD Warrior?
- have idiopathic Parkinson’s disease
- are ambulatory and at low risk of falls
- medically stable with no significant cardiorespiratory problems
- stable on Parkinson’s disease medications
People with severe depression, freezing and falling will be screened carefully prior to entry the program. For more information please visit the PD Warrior page on our website.
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