With a few kicks and plenty of sharp jabs, these incredibly brave people are fighting against something many of them didn’t expect: a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
It’s a brand-new form of physical therapy that’s been immensely helpful for people who need to “manage their tremors and gain strength.” It turns out that boxing is perfect for that!
“It’s a win-win situation,” says Gay Sutherland, who is currently enrolled in the program run by her daughter, Gretchen Westgaard. “You work out, you use your brain, and you meet other people with the same kind of situation that you’re in.”
We’re closer than ever before to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Just recently, brand-new technology like the Deep Brain Stimulation started being implemented in order to stimulate the problem areas via the brain, much like a pacemaker.
Even an exercise as simple as dancing has been proven to help patients! There’s a whole new world of possibilities out there, and the team over at Rock Steady Boxing is leading the charge. But how is that possible?, you might ask.
“The exercise that seemed to be associated with slowing the [...] progression of the disease has to be performed with some effort,” explains Dr. Michele Tagliati of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Whatever the case, the effect this training has on its participants is absolutely clear. “[They] help patients to find strength to push through and support to stay positive.”
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