For people with Parkinson's, STIFFNESS is one of the most common issues they deal with
Tip #1 The Problem
Trunk stiffness is one of the most common issue with people with PD. Rigidity in the torso can cause forward posture, poor reaction time and poor balance. Moving and exercising the trunk in a way to counter the effects of Parksinson's on a daily basis is paramount. This also decreases pain and stiffness in the lower back , upper back and shoulder. Keeping your trunk flexible will improve balance, reaching and walking !!!
Tip # 2 The Exercise Solution
Twisting the trunk in a targeted way is the solution. A good Parkinson's exercise program will include exercises where one twists at the waist to keep trunk muscles from losing their range of motion and prevent good posture from declining quickly. We need our trunk to be able to twist so we can walk freely, reach without losing our balance and react well when we lose our balance.
Tip # 3 How to use it in every day daily life
If we can be aware of times when we are twisting in daily life, we can repeat and use those motions to prevent decline. For example, reaching into a closet or up to a set of dishes in an upper cabinet or mopping a floor may require twisting and reaching. By repeating these motions and using full range of motion, we help ourselves every day in the fight against Parkinson's !!
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Jason Lee is a Physical Therapist from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a specialty physical therapy certification for working with people with Parkinson's Disease. He enjoys fly Fishing and spending time with his family.