Apr 13, 2012
Parkinson and Exercise: April is Parkinson Awareness month -1 Year after SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN wins its first official grant for Parkinson disease
Michael Gonzalez-Wallace author of Super Body, Super Brain writes about Parkinson and Exercise: 1 year after winning its first official grant at the Capistrant Parkinson Center in Bethesda Hospital St Paul, Minnesota.
This month we need to pay attention to one of the most devastating neurodegenerative diseases: Parkinson Disease. There is so much we can do and guess what: Exercise can play an important role in life quality for patients for Parkinson Disease.
I can’t believe one year has gone by since my program for Parkinson disease won its first official grant. I had a conversation with several doctors at the facility and they told me they were very happy on how people were responding. One year after and Bethesda Hospital is offering my program the whole year around
FOX NEWS MINNESOTA did a story of my program running at Capistrant Clinic, copy and paste the following link
I am so excited and thrilled to share these incredible news with you!
After 4 years of meetings, phone calls and exhibitions with experts in Parkinson Disease I finally got my first official grant to implement my program with Parkinson patients. The program will take place at the Capistrant Parkinson Center in Bethesda Hospital St Paul, Minnesota. http://www.healtheast.org/classlistings/classDetail.cfm?classID=6860&category=generalPublic
I modified my program and designed specific exercises aimed to improve in the following areas: Motor skills, balance, hand eye coordination, posture, stamina, flexibility and meditation. My program is based in strength training combined with motor skills leading to a phenomenal physical workout and numerous health benefits. I can’t wait to get started with patients in Parkinson and show how this program can be extremely beneficial.
Parkinson has become the second more common neurological disease in United States. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a brain disorder that affects about 1.5 million individuals in the United States, with over 60,000 new people diagnosed each year. It affects both sexes in equal numbers, and while PD usually occurs after the age of 65, 14% of those diagnosed are under the age of 50.
According to the experts Neurons in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine to control movement. With Parkinson’s, these neurons die off.
The progressive loss of dopaminergic cells located in the basal ganglia leads to Parkinson patients be very sensitive to the loss of motor functions through a progresive loss of balance and coordination
SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN bases its approach in the following variables:
2.EXERCISE AND PARKINSON
The powerful effects of exercise are normally understimated with Parkinson patients. Since the patient is diagnosed in the early stages it is neccesary to implement a powerful and effective physical exercise program with the goal in mind to improve motor functions, a gradual increase of balance, coordination and range of motion.
Previous research, however, has identified certain exercises that stimulate the damaged area. By subjecting patients to workouts based on that data, researchers think it may prevent further degeneration of the substantia nigra, and stimulate dopamine production, says Quincy Almeida, director of WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY ‘s fledgling Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre in Waterloo.
Other succesful treatments rconnecting physical exercise and parkinson is the Science behind de LSTV/LOUD program. Following a study of over 15 years the program has shown interesting results from the connection of physcla exercise
The science and practice of LSVT/LOUD: neural plasticity-principled approach to treating individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders.
SUPER BODY, SUPER BRAIN Program stresses the importance of two powerful concepts:
-Intense brain activity and the effects of multitasking (raising heels and arms at the same time)
-Neural Plasticity (changing constantly the program). The program will consist of over 350 exercises structured in 9 progressive levels.
-Voice combined with a coordinated movement. Following succesful studies of LSVT/LOUD, where patients improved voice quality and many other important factors such as motor movement, swallowing or limb functioning.
Movement & recreation classes
CAPISTRANT CLINIC-EXERCISE AND PARKINSON
Super Body, Super Brain
Are you looking for a high intensity exercise class that will help improve your balance, coordination, and strength?
Super Body Super Brain is a circuit training exercise program composed of of multi tasking movements that challenge and improve both your muscles and your brain, created by personal trainer Michael Gonzalez-Wallace. This high energy class aims to improve motor skills, hand eye coordination, posture, stamina, and flexibility. This class is for participants who are physically active, able to multi-task and want a fun and challenging exercise routine.
Bethesda Hospital, 7th Floor Conference Room
Cost: $25 per six-class session
Check for upcoming classes
PARKINSON AND STRENGTH TRAINING-BIBLIOGRAPHY
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