Physical Activity and Parkinson’s Disease

It is common knowledge that the brain directs physical activity. For example, most people know that paralysis from a stroke is due to damage to the brain. It is only in recent years, however, that scientific investigators have begun to appreciate the other direction of this relationship, namely the role of physical activity in promoting brain health. This recognition has turned out to have enormous implications for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. ...

Nonmotor Manifestations of Parkinson’s Disease

The idea that Parkinson’s disease involves more than its classic motor symptoms (tremor, slowness, shuffling, etc.) is not new. Even James Parkinson recognized this in his seminal publication describing this disease in 1817. However, it is only in the last 25 years or so that neurologists have taken a serious, in-depth look at the nonmotor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease. What they have found has evolved into a rich field of study that has both permitted a greater understanding, and revealed greater levels of complexity, of Parkinson’s disease than previously known. ...

An Optimistic Approach

My role as the Director of Physical Wellness for InMotion has been inspired by a combination of 20 years working in the fitness industry ( the last seven of which were spent in the trenches working with the Parkinson’s community), and by my time as an Ambassador for the Michael J. Fox Foundation with the Partners in Parkinson’s movement.

The focus of my blog will be to offer you an optimistic approach to living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD.)  There was a time when PD was life threatening, but not anymore.  ...