Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people.
It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Can Pilates benefit Parkinson’s disease?
Since all treatment options can only slow progression of symptoms, keeping physically active is integral to living at one’s potential.
The saying “use it or lose it” applies here. And since there is the obvious “mind-body” connection governing the symptoms of PD, the comprehensive Pilates method can offer the optimal environment to maintain neuromuscular movement potential.
“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of like, we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.” – Joseph Pilates, Return to Life
As with all special needs, it is preferable to find a Pilates teacher who has post-rehabilitation experience, works under the guidance of a rehabilitation professional, or is a Pilates certified Physical Therapist.