As someone whose father suffered many years from Parkinson’s, I found it interesting when I learned that the intensity and focus involved with boxing training can actually help quiet the symptoms caused by the disease. This means that, theoretically, a person who has Parkinson’s could potentially struggle less with the disease and perhaps even decrease some dependence on pharmaceuticals.
Rigorous physical activity can have a positive impact on flexibility, range of motion and posture... could actually slow the progression of Parkinson’s.
Parkinson's Disease affects the central nervous system through the loss of specific cells in the brain. It is a degenerative disorder, starting usually with symptoms involving muscle movement including tremors, rigidity, and slowness. In later stages dementia can occur along with other sensory and emotional problems.
Rigorous physical activity that emphasizes muscle activation and coordination, balance and rhythm can have a positive impact on flexibility, range of motion and posture. There are also studies showing that certain intense activities, such as boxing, could actually slow the progression of Parkinson’s.
Someone with an early diagnosis of the disease may enjoy more benefits of boxing training due to increased ability to start, however studies suggest people at just about any stage can benefit.
Rock Steady Boxing is a good place to visit if you’re interested in attending a boxing class. There are RSB programs all over the country. Search for a program in your area. Of course, check with your doctor first.