Can Yoga Help Parkinson’s Disease?

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Can Yoga Help Parkinson’s Disease?

yoga teacher training intensive courseBy Kimaya Singh

Yoga has built a reputation worldwide for giving physical and physiological health, mental peace, and emotional and intellectual clarity. It involves therapeutic asanas (postures) and modulation of breath (pranayama) to achieve the goals trying to be met. Within the last several years the popularity has becoming increasingly popular because of its therapeutic benefits. Parkinson’s disease affects the way that one moves his or her body. It occurs when there is a problem with nerve cells in the brain. Although there has been no medical proof that yoga can help to cure Parkinson’s disease it certainly has shown some control of it.

Practice can certainly help a patient gain more control and better endurance. One thing that is very important for someone with Parkinson’s disease to do is to constantly keep the body moving on a daily basis. However, exercising to the point of exhaustion is not recommended.

Physical movement and activity can improve everyone’s overall health. That is why gentle and therapeutic forms of yoga training could be the perfect exercise for people with this disease. Some patients have even shown that their signs have significantly decreased.  Recommended yogic activity involves stretching the body and goes at a slow pace, which is perfect for anyone to adjust to new body movements. This can help with one’s mobility and range of motion. There are specialist classes specifically designed for people with special needs that are affiliated with hospitals and out patient clinics. Here is a list of what these yoga training sessions usually consist of to help better their overall health.

Balance Training

Gentle Yoga Asanas

Back Strengthening Postures

Shoulder Movements

Meditation

Proper Breathing Techniques

All of these techniques are crucial to helping patients who are dealing with Parkinson’s disease. They also help reduce stress, which is another very important factor. Doctors additionally recommend that people with this disease find some sort of physical therapy to help them through it. Physical therapy is usually asked to be used to get those muscles that are otherwise not being in use, to get some movement. That is why yoga has become a viable and less expensive outlet. Yogic movement can help also to improve muscle strength and increase mobility.

With many different types of poses and strategies, yoga will not stop Parkinson’s disease from moving forward throughout the body. It can only improve quality of life, lessen some of the symptoms, and help patients toward the goal of physical and mental health and strength. Therapeutic yoga can be an uplifting activity for people with this disease that need an outlet. It is always important to consult a doctor about your disease, yogic exercise, and the steps you want to take toward it.

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  1. marrywilson247 November 8, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Practice can certainly help a patient gain more control and better endurance, therapeutic forms of yoga training could be the perfect exercise for people with this disease. Thank you Kimaya Singh for writing this helpful article.

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