Programs for Parkinson’s Disease
For our clients who are diagnosed with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), Lori, along with her specialized team of trainers, has developed strategies to slow the progression of the disease. Research from the National Parkinson Foundation shows that exercise can reduce the chance of falling, improve muscle tone and increase joint range of motion.
With a program created specifically for PD, clients can experience improved coordination, mental (cognitive) function and a decline of symptoms of depression. Sessions include:
• Core training to improve posture, because falling is common in PD
• Cardiovascular drills, which can also improve gait and balance
• Brain fitness exercises that include dual tasks that are carefully coordinated
• Flexibility to alleviate stiff muscles and joints and posture
We address different planes of movement that mimic everyday life including multi-directional movements. We use an ever-changing selection of equipment, such as free weights, resistance bands, boxing gloves and stability balls. You can read more about this specialized equipment for balance improvement in our “Resources” section.
During the assessment, which includes baseline tests, Lori gathers objective measurements and works with her trainers to track progress and improvement including:
- Posture, gait and coordination
- Throat and voice
All exercises will be progressed based on competency.
“Thanks for your work, care and dedication in working with my grandfather who has this dreaded disease called Parkinson’s. Your team is great!” – Cameron Edward Benton
“…balance in general is based on many different components. You have to consider if they (clients) are hard of hearing, their sight has diminished, do they have neuropathy in their feet?… so when their feet touch the ground, they sense if the ground is level or not …” – Lori Michiel on Senior Fitness Safety, AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Click here to read a Lori Michiel Fitness client’s account of his experience with Parkinson’s disease.
References: Parkinson’s Disease-A Perfect Balance: A Practical Approach to Intensive Exercise for Both Body and Brain
Kara Doctor, MS, PT 2017 American Academy of Neurology (February 16, 2012)