A Parkinson’s diagnosis can be Earth-shattering. My grandfather has Parkinson’s, and it’s hard for all of us to watch him struggle. It is, of course, especially hard for him, because he can no longer walk on his own.
Parkinson’s disease slowly steals patients’ ability to function, especially their mobility. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, symptoms include involuntary shaking or trembling, slow movement, muscle stiffness, and struggles with balance or frequent falls.
In order to try to combat these symptoms, Josh Ripley, fitness trainer, and Jennifer Parkinson, Parkinson’s patient, founded NeuroBoxing, a boxing class catered toward people with Parkinson’s.
Research suggests that exercise can benefit Parkinson’s patients. Jennifer says that when she began boxing she “started feeling better, started getting more energy back, and moving better.” She hopes to help other Parkinson’s patients achieve those same results through boxing.
NeuroBoxing is not just physical therapy for these patients. It also provides them with a supportive and understanding community.
One boxer and Parkinson’s patient says that NeuroBoxing has been the best way for him to battle his disease. In the boxing gym he says, “you can feel the power in the room, and the vitality,” which makes everyone feel stronger.
Researchers are still trying to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but, until then, activities like NeuroBoxing are an important way to stay strong and healthy.
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