Parkinson’s Disease and Aerobic Exercise

Shu et al. (2014) conducted a systematic review on the benefits of aerobic exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The authors identified and reviewed 18 randomized controlled trials and found that, aerobic exercise (including treadmill training; gait and step training, aerobic exercise; Tai Chi; walking; dancing – tango, waltz, foxtrot; Nordic walking; walking) showed immediate beneficial effects in improving motor action, balance, and gait. The interventions ranged from 3 weeks to 16 months. More research is needed to validate the long-term effects of such engagement.

Reference: Shu, H., Yang, T., Yu, S., Huang, H., Jiang, L., Gu, J., & Kyang, Y. (2014). Aerobic exercise for Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS One, 9(7)

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  1. For discussion: Are any practicing CTRS currently using aerobic exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s disease? If so, which form of aerobic exercise are you using? I have seen several programs in Western PA use cycling (stationary bikes) with good results.

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