Weight Training Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms

Updated at: Feb 18, 2013
Weight Training Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms

Weight training exercises improve Parkinson’s disease symptoms immensely without the intake of medications. It helps in increasing the efficiency of nerve cells.

Aparna Mir
LatestWritten by: Aparna MirPublished at: Feb 18, 2013

Weight Training Improves Parkinsons SymptomsParkinson’s disease generally causes loss of balance and weight loss accompanied with tremors and movement restriction. Till now there is no particular medicine or vaccine to treat Parkinson’s disease. The disease can only be checked by controlling its symptoms.

The symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease can be improved by performing various weight related exercises. Cardio-vascular exercises such as stretching, balancing and weight lifting help to overcome the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. According to Dr. Daniel Corcos of the University of Illinois, Chicago, various exercises performed together have shown some positive effects on the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But these effects are short lived and their long term effects are yet to be observed.

Researchers have found that patients who perform weight training exercises two times a week for two years show much better improvement in Parkinson’s symptoms than those who perform simple fitness exercises. Apart from these exercises, cycling too improves the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

How weight training exercises benefit people suffering from Parkinson’s disease is still to be analysed. The researchers, however, believe that these weight training exercises help the brain of the people suffering from Parkinson’s disease to function more efficiently and intensely. Generally the brain cells of people suffering from this disease produce low levels of Dopamine, a neurotransmitter essential for carrying nerve impulses. Weight training exercises enhances the production of dopamine by brain cells, thus improving the nerve transmission.

Weight training program is a great way to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease naturally but it should always be performed with the consultation of specialists. In fact, these exercises in turn reduce the intake of medicines also.  It is always beneficial to follow a single long term weight training regime rather than multiple short term programs. Long term weight training exercises help to overcome the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease very effectively.


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