Physical exercise has long been proven to be an effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease. However, due to its motor symptoms, many Parkinson’s patients may have difficulty exercising.
However, a new study presented at the 2022 International Congress of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society examined the effectiveness of an exercise that those with Parkison’s disease could perform easily and safely.
The authors consulted the literature to compare the feasibility and effectiveness of resistance training to those of other exercises. They also compared the effects of resistance training with those of a lack of exercise to assess whether resistance training constitutes a worthwhile treatment for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Resistance training is probably the safest and easiest type of exercise for those suffering from Parkinson’s, especially if the weights are fixed so they cannot fall. Push-ups and sit-ups, for example, are both forms of resistance training in which the chance of injury is low.
They found 18 solid studies on the effects of resistance training on muscle strength, motor impairment, freezing of gait, mobility, balance, quality of life, depression, and cognition.
After comparing them, they drew the following conclusions.
1. When compared with physically inactive subjects, resistance training had a large beneficial effect on subjects’ muscle strength, motor impairment, mobility, and balance.
2. Compared to physically inactive subjects, resistance training had a small beneficial effect on subjects’ depression and quality of life.
3. Resistance training had no effect on cognition.
4. There was no difference between resistance training and other forms of exercise in terms of positive effects.
Therefore, while not more effective than other forms of exercise, resistance training is certainly still effective.
This is good news, partially because resistance training may be a bit easier for Parkinson’s patients who suffer from annoying motor symptoms, and partially because the study shows that it helps combat both motor and non-motor symptoms.
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