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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Parkinson's Disease And Yoga

Parkinson's disease was first described as a shaking palsy and unfortunately the medical field has not been able to find a cure for this disease which affects many senior Americans over the age of 50. There are also thousands and thousands of people who have symptoms that go unreported each year. One of the keys to treatment is early diagnosis.

Parkinson's disease is usually diagnosed by a patient's performance on neurological tests and other symptoms. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed because the patient may show symptoms which are caused by certain drugs that are used for people who have schizophrenia or other psychiatric problems. Many people throughout the world use a combination of exercise and treatment measures which will help reduce the effects of Parkinson's and can lead to many patients having full, active and enjoyable lives despite living with Parkinson's.

One form of therapy that has become more popular and has proven to be beneficial is a form of exercise that most of you are familiar with called yoga. One reason is that yoga is done slowly with deep breathing and meditation. It can also help increase the circulation of the blood as well as strengthen essential muscles that in many cases become weak due to a patient's lack of prior movement. Daily practice is certainly encouraged.

Another benefit for Parkinson's patients is that the yoga techniques will help to relax facial muscles that have become rigid over a period of time. This will certainly bring a smile for many Parkinson's sufferers and those who interact with them on a daily basis.

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