Balance Exercises for Parkinson's

Balance Exercises for Parkinson’s

(Author's Note: Oops, I pressed the button to publish this article and video compilation before it was complete. Please consider it a work in progress.) Balance Training is not a Parkinson's specific issue, it is an issue for everyone as they age. Selecting the appropriate balance exercises will depend on how good your balance currently is. There are many factors that affect balance, and it can be argued that all leg strengthening and core strengthening and flexibility exercises are, in a way, balance exercises. I've highlighted a few videos that provide ideas to consider when selecting balance exercises. If you ...
VibeForward - In-shoe wearable uses vibration tech to reduce freezing of gait

VibeForward – In-shoe wearable uses vibration tech to reduce freezing of gait

Resonate Forward LLC, has received a $440,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to test a wearable device, called VibeForward, that uses vibration therapy to reduce symptoms of freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. This funding is part of a Fox Foundation initiative launched in 2018 to evaluate non-pharmacological interventions that have the potential to significantly improve the daily lives of people with Parkinson’s, particularly related to the treatment of gait and balance. Injuries from falls severely impact the quality of life for people with Parkinson's Disease, as evidenced by Michael J. Fox's personal ...
Beyond l-dopa for PD gait disturbances, balance issues and falls - CDP Choline?

Beyond l-dopa for PD gait disturbances, balance issues and falls – CDP Choline?

A study published this week raises an interesting point: Mobility deficits, including gait disturbance, balance impairments and falls, are common features of Parkinson's disease (PD) that negatively impact quality of life. Mobility deficits respond poorly to dopaminergic medications, indicating a role for additional neurotransmitters. Due to the critical role of cortical input to gait and balance, acetylcholine-an essential neurotransmitter system for attention-has become an area of interest for mobility. Overview of the cholinergic contribution to gait, balance and falls in Parkinson's disease I find this interesting, because the first Movement Disorder Specialist that I met with to confirm my Parknson’s ...
February 25, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

February 25, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions relating to Parkinson's Disease this past week. We saw people with Parkinson's in Tasmania (Australia) turning heads with the latest Parkinson's Disease fashion trend, wearing red light buckets on their heads. They say it helps improve their symptoms. We saw study results that told us that while research on the gut bacteria/PD connection continues, we should also be aware that gut bacteria can interfere with levodopa treatment. Rock and roll legend Peter Frampton was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, a rare disease that based on some of the symptoms, ...
Honda Walking Assist receives MJFF grant to assist mobility in people with PD

Honda Walking Assist receives MJFF grant to assist mobility in people with PD

Last week, Honda announced today that they were awarded a grant by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to research the safety and potential positive impact that Honda's Walking Assist Device could have in helping people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Honda has partnered with Ohio State University conduct a Phase II randomized controlled trial to study the impact of an eight week intervention using the Walking Assist Device to improve mobility in people with PD. Press release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/honda-rd-americas-collaborates-with-the-ohio-state-university-and-the-michael-j-fox-foundation-to-research-walking-assist-device-efficacy-in-people-with-parkinsons-disease-300789381.html Clinical trial details: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03751371 “Honda Walking Assist” is a training device that efficiently supports walking which is based on the inverted pendulum ...