Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease

Are you ready to take your fight against Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the next level? If so, don the gloves and get in the ring. Boxing could help.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease which results in a loss of motor and non-motor function. Symptoms include:

  • Tremors
  • Bradykinesia
  • Rigidity
  • Postural instability
  • Stooped posture
  • Shuffling gait
  • Freezing
  • Cognitive issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional changes

While there is no cure for PD, current treatments include medication, surgical treatment and lifestyle changes including exercise, diet and emotional support. Though medications can temporally relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, intense exercise is the only treatment that has been medically proven to slow the progression of PD. Boxing has been shown to be particularly effective.

Why boxing?

There are countless ways to exercise, but boxing offers intense exercise that addresses the symptoms of PD. Boxers undergo a diverse training routine to achieve optimal body control, including:

  • Balance
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Speed of movement
  • Agility
  • Muscle power
  • Mental focus
  • Rhythm

The Rock Steady Boxing Program is a therapeutic program that can be adapted to all fitness levels and done at any level of Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more about Rock Steady Boxing of the Lehigh Valley at Good Shepherd online or call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).

 

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