Every 6 minutes, someone will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. This April, for Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we joined the National PD Foundation campaign #Take6ForPD – to raise Parkinson’s awareness – so people with PD and their loved ones can live Better Lives.
We added 6 special podcast interviews and shared our favorite research articles.
Take 6 minutes to read this blog, read a new article or listen to our podcast interviews on the Balance Matters podcast with PD experts from around the world.
I am very excited to share a special podcast episode, Ask the Parkinson Expert- Take 6 for PD. On this episode, I asked the same 2 questions to all the Parkinson experts I interviewed in April.
When I meet with many of my clients with PD, they ask me what can I do to decrease or slow the progression of the disease? I was curious how others would answer this question, especially how exercise can help people with Parkinsons. So, I asked Dr. Melissa McConaghy, Josepha Domingos , John Dean, Dr. Eric Rhoden, Dr. Becky Farley, Betsy Vierck, and Catherine Ross the same question. It was fun to hear everyone’s perspectives and definitely made me think differently and I hope provides you some new insight.
I am also impressed with all the new emerging research on PD, but the volume can be overwhelming. So, I asked the speakers what they would recommend following that would make a difference in people’s lives?
Throughout the conversations we had some overlapping themes, as well as new and different perspectives.
Here are 6 tips + some extra tips the experts shared to help slow the progression of the disease.
Here is a great article and webinar discussing if there is a way to slow Parkinson’s progression: ‘Can We Put the Brakes on Parkinson’s Progression? | Parkinson's Foundation’.
Various topics on research were discussed. Below are some articles on each topic.
- Determinants of self-efficacy in patients with Parkinson’s disease
- Barriers and Motivators to Engage in Exercise for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease - PMC (nih.gov) (*This article has key points we discussed during the podcast. *)
- Three technologies to treat Parkinson’s | Advances | Parkinson’s Life (parkinsonslife.eu)
- Effects of robot-assisted gait training on postural instability in Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review
- Virtual Reality (VR) and Parkinson's - Davis Phinney Foundation
- Remote Exercise/ Accessibility
- Resources on best evidence (Read the research based on what you want to address.)
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction
- Exercise Recovery and Performance
- Effects of Cold-Water Immersion Compared with Other Recovery Modalities on Athletic Performance Following Acute Strenuous Exercise in Physically Active Participants: A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression - PubMed (nih.gov)
- Editorial: Factors Affecting Performance and Recovery in Team Sports: A Multidimensional Perspective - PMC (nih.gov)
- Editorial: Factors affecting performance and recovery in team sports: A multidimensional perspective, Volume II - PMC (nih.gov)
- Sleep Hygiene for Optimizing Recovery in Athletes: Review and Recommendations - PMC (nih.gov)
- Train like an athlete