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Multidimensional exercise for people with Parkinson's disease: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16848353     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The primary impairments associated with Parkinson's disease occur in combination with the secondary, preventable effects of immobility. A community-based fitness program may help increase activity and maintain function in people in the early or middle stages of the disease. This article describes a unique program designed to reduce fall risk and promote independent exercise for people with Parkinson's disease. Two 66-year-old males, both community ambulators and in early or middle stages of Parkinson's disease, participated in 3 months of various physical activities. Group balance classes were held twice weekly during the first month, participants joined a fitness center and self-directed their exercise program during the second month, and group Tai Chi classes were held twice weekly during the third month. At conclusion of the program, participants were given suggestions for continued physical fitness activities. After the 3-month program, improvements were noted for both individuals in functional reach, Timed Up and Go, and Berg Balance scores. Both participants continued to exercise regularly for at least 8 months following the program. Two individuals with Parkinson's disease demonstrated improvement in their balance test performance over a 3-month period. Perhaps most importantly, these participants independently continued exercising after completing this program.
Patricia Kluding; Patricia Quinn McGinnis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy theory and practice     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0959-3985     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiother Theory Pract     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-19     Completed Date:  2006-11-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015520     Medline TA:  Physiother Theory Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
MPT Program, Rutgers University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Parkinson Disease / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Postural Balance / physiology
Tai Ji

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