Michael Gonzalez-Wallace  
Male, 46
New York, NY

Specialties: strength training, neuroscience, special needs topics

Interests: Medicine, Exercise and Fitness, brain
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Parkinson and Exercise: Individualized Exercise is beneficial for Parkinson Patients

Aug 29, 2011 - 7 comments

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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.

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.

This is a TV segment about my program in Parkinson Disease:

I wanted to share part of the original grant so you can see why i am so excited!

Goal and objectives:

The goal of the Capistrant Parkinson’s Center is to improve the health and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease by delivering educational, therapeutic and support services in at least 3,000 patient encounters in 2011. Our objectives for this proposal include:

Increase variety of exercise components as part of current exercise group offerings, as documented in class description.
Increase variety of classes offered, as noted in Center scheduling
Increase participation in all classes, as documented by attendance logs
Improve movements and attitudes, as observed by staff and reported on evaluations through the implementation of components of the Super Body, Super Brain exercise program.
Specific activities for funding:

Program development: collaborative work with program creator to modify the Super Body, Super Brain progressive exercise program for the Parkinon’s/movement disorder population at various levels of physical capabilities.
Staff training: Michael Gonzalez-Wallace will provide education to Physical Therapy staff for integration of the concepts of Super Body, Super Brain Parkinson as part of skilled therapy intervention. In addition, those Physical Therapy staff will train other staff (e.g. Physical Therapy Assistants, Recreation Therapists) for the purposes of group exercise facilitation using the Super Body, Super Brain Parkinson program.
Exercise group facilitation: Trained facilitators will provide group exercise instruction in Super Body, Super Brain Parkinson program through integration as a component of current exercise classes and as a standalone class
Who will carry out activities?

Existing staff will participate in program development, training, coordination of class registrations and arrange scheduling. A.K, Rehab Services Manager, will participate in program development and will supervise staff training and instruction of the class offerings. She will periodically attend/observe classes (as a volunteer) and assure the safety of the participants. Our recreation therapists will facilitate exercise classes. These staff have been trained in general exercise parameters and will receive specific training in regards to the Super Body, Super Brain Exercise program.


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:


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, oral treatment and Parkinson. For more information you can visit their website at

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.

I will let you know about results here you can see my Exercise program at Bethesda Hospital:

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by margypops, Aug 29, 2011
hi  Michael,  I am interested to read this about Parkinson's I actually had no idea that it was the second more common neurological disease in the US one doesn't hear about it much.Apart from age do they know why the neurons die off ? I don't know of anyone with Parkinson's but I am going to check out your exercise program on the web site you mention above.I hope you continue with all this good work giving hope to many ...

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by Michael Gonzalez-WallaceBlank, Aug 30, 2011
Hi Margy! you are sooo nice thanks so much for your comment. Regarding to your question it is not clear what we know for sure is that certain areas of the brain get atrophied from the lack of use and the basal ganglia in the subcortical area of subtantia nigra it is the area of the brain responsible for automatic movement, baalance and coordination. My principle is that if we add complex motor movement and we are able to engage more brain areas we may find a compensation of the different areas of the brain and help the patients to move better. That is why exercise it is extremely important for Parkinson patients to keep improving motor skills, otherwise it will be lost. Thanks so much for your comment again it made me really happy!

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by margypops, Aug 30, 2011
It actually makes sense that engaging more brain areas can help the atrophied parts..is it possible that toxins in the environment can be a cause aswell as genetics if that has been proved , and would cleansing of the toxins where possible help people with Parkinson's.

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by katscan1234, Aug 31, 2011
congrats on the great news! I hope it proves to be a valuable therapy for Parkinson's patients.

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by melmoo55, Sep 07, 2011
Is there any information that you can send to me?  My father has Parkinson's.  He was diagonosed in Easter 2007.  He does nothing to help himself.  He's old school and believes in seeing one doctor.  He feels that she is just as good as anyone else.  Baaahh Hummm Bug.  My father used to be a body builder and worked in the construction industry.  He retired Easter 2007 and still works but in a stressful office environment.  Outside of being at the office, he keeps busy around the house.  Nothing actively in attempts to fights this disease.


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by Lulu54, Sep 08, 2011
Dr. Gonzalez-Wallace, thanks for sharing this update.  I have a friend/neighbor who has PD and I will certainly pass this link on.  

I'm not known for being particularly active and force myself to do light weight strength training, Tai Chi and water aerobics, trying to slow the progression of my disease, Multiple Sclerosis.  I do know I feel better physically and seem to be cognitively more attuned when I have engaged in a regular exercise program.

Any steps/studies that are taken that might slow the progression of neurological diseases are welcome.  Thanks for doing this one.

One question, please.  Your study mentions repair of the damaged area rather than encouraging neuroplasticity and rerouting the brain's working.  Do I have that right?  I don't know that I've heard much about regenerating areas of the brain.   The idea of switching up the workout to provide a variety of stimulation to the brain is an intriguing concept.  

Thanks again for sharing and good luck with the next phase.

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by Michael Gonzalez-WallaceBlank, Sep 09, 2011
Topic" Toxins and Parkinson? @margypops thanks so much for your remark and I think you are touching a really interesting point. However although toxins may be important they are really hard to control them or influence them but I agree with you. Now how much lifestyle vs toxins represent a decisive factor. I think that we can control lifestyle more than toxins.

Topic: Parkinson and Exercise: @katscan: Thanks so much for your wonderful words and encouragement since it means so much to me!

Topic: Parkinson and Exercise: melmoo55: I hear your concern and your dad is really like to have someone like you supporting him. It is known that Parkinson Patients are really smart and very stubborn so it is very important to make him understand that great progress it is being made in Parkinson. Right now exercise really makes a huge impact in the health for parkinson patients. The principle is clear: Parkinson affects the brain especially in one section of the brain: basal ganglia/subtantia nigra- now imagine that we have patients moving in a way where different parts of the brain get engaged to do specific movements. In other words complex movements require more brain activity. Is it possible to create a network where different parts of the brain can develop neural networks and help the loss of dopaminergic cells in the subtantia nigra? I believe so and many doctors as well that is what I am doing in this Hospital in Minnesota. The challenge is to find an individualized program based in complexity, strength and clear results!...you can email me at ***@**** great to hear from you!

Topic: Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise. @Lulu54. Thanks so much for that interesting question. i have been working with patients in Multiple Sclerosis and I hear your concern. I really like how you are thinking out of the box and interested in this fascinating topic. Motor plasticity occurs at any age and no matter what condition you have. You are right in following those disciplines and they are all great but still strength training (resistance with weights surpasses any other exercise program regarding benefits) Why is that? Think about it. Anytime you have external resistance your brain needs to recruit more neural circuits, more muscle fibers, more cardiovascular activity having a direct impact of motor networks, glia cells networks, but also a better connection between the brain and muscles together since when you add balance and coordination you are not only adding complexity but you are improving the sensory plasticity from your sensory proprioceptors....i could be speaking about this forever!....email me if you have any questions: ***@****

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