Yoga for Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system as well as parts of the body controlled by the nerves. It is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease.
Symptoms begin slowly and might be barely noticeable at first. However, as the disease progresses, they become more significant. Parkinson’s is associated with tremors where a limb begins shaking uncontrollably, slowed movement known as ‘bradykinesia’ that makes a person’s steps become shorter, and muscle stiffness making movement more challenging. Individuals may face difficulties with balance, causing stooping or increased risk of falling. Additionally, there might be further signs such as changes in speech and writing abilities.
Parkinson’s affects the body in many ways which are continually changing and challenging and individual’s ability. Daily exercise is a way to be able to manage and slow the decline. Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management.
Yoga can help lessen slowness and stiffness, improve balance and flexibility (especially in hips and ankles), and increase muscle strength and power. It can also relax blood pressure, help control weight gain, and increase breathing strength and lung capacity. It is a way to increase health and wellbeing through motion and stretching.
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