Treadmills Help Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Treadmills are assisting many people with rehabilitation efforts in many different forms of rehabilitation. Treadmills for the elderly, for the desk-bound employee, and even for dogs are all popping up and are adding years onto the lives of people who will just use them. Even 30 minutes of exercise is enough to see an increase in your health.

Those who have Parkinson’s aren’t an exception to this rule. Low intensity treadmill walking is providing benefits for patients who have Parkinson’s disease.

Nearly a million people in the US are suffering with Parkinson’s disease. (Source Here) This chronic and progressive movement disorder will likely affect someone that you know. Treatment options currently include medications, and sometimes surgery. However, with these new exercise studies coming out, it’s clear that exercise is a likely tool for Parkinson’s. Hopefully it will play a bigger role in the treatment of  future patients with the disease.

After walking on a treadmill 3 times per week, for 3 months, the patients showed increased cardiovascular health and improved muscle strength.

Begin walking now, and you will experience the benefits that come from regular exercise. If you or a loved one are living with Parkinson’s, make sure that exercise is part of the treatment plan, so that you can see improvement.