Research into the positive effects of exercise on Parkinson's Disease has demonstrated that people living with Parkinson's Disease can benefit from being involved in a range of activities such as dancing, modified boxing and aerobic exercise
Programs for Parkinson's Diseases include cardiovascular, strength, balance, flexibility, gait practice and music and writing and drawing as exercises designed to assist people with neurological conditions.
Exercise has been proven to assist with the maintenance of many of the daily living activities that may be effected by people living with Parkinson's Disease.
All BrainFit programs use a multidisciplinary approach to exercise and where possible communication with your neurological nurse and other allied health professionals is maintained throughout your exercise program.
Parkinson's Group Training Videos
This is one of our amazing people in the BrainFit programs. Bob ( not his real name) has Parkinson's Disease but in his 20s and 30s was a high level Rugby Union player. Bob is now in his 60s
Bob was referred to BrainFit for a falls prevention program after a few falls at home. Over the past few months we have been working on slowly building his aerobic capacity on his home bike and progressively developing his aerobic fitness and leg strength. Once a week we work on gait "mindfullness" and marching and increasing gait confidence to prevent falling.
All the while we talk about Bob's strengths such as his football instead of only focussing on his weakness. We use the Fiteracy approach of strength based low anxiety learning This is Bob yesterday after we have slowly been bringing his rugby memory in his body back to life. The power of the brain and determination.
High Knee Walking
HIGH KNEE WALKING IN GRASS
Another fantastic lady who uses a walking frame for some of her walking. This week we walked in long grass to practice lifting knees up high as part of our gait retraining. We talk alot about "learned non use" in our sessions as many of the BrainFit members have some "learned non use" occurring due to a fear of falling preventing some activities. By encouraging walkers to continue to use their walking skills as well as their walking frames for safety, we are attempting to prevent "learned non use" which can occur by using the frame all the time ( walking activities are conducted under supervision ) Our walking teams are supervised groups and focus on removing fear first by having an instructor with you. We then introduce the hiking sticks to recreate rhythm and tempo. Lovely Nan...as we call her, has MSA and Parkinson's and this high knee walking we are practicing takes a huge amount of trust and repetition and hard work. Nan is working on her foot placement and high knees before we start to introduce some additional pace activities