Exercise: Evidence & Application
Chapter Three discusses the rationale and evidence that supports the use of both aerobic exercise and resistance training for improving movement and reducing disability in people with Parkinson’s.
You will learn about the strengths and limitations of these studies and effective methods for determining the best exercises for common Parkinson’s-related impairments. Finally, this chapter provides video demonstrations and practical step-by-step application techniques for functional transfers, festination, retropulsion, and freezing of gait interventions.
At the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:
- Break down the evidence related to intensity of exercise in people with early and mid-stage PD and incorporate endurance exercise appropriately in combination with other important interventions.
- Gain an understanding of the rationale for resistance exercise in people with PD, design a resistance training program to improve mobility function in people with PD, and assess the potential benefits of improving muscle force production in the axial skeleton to improve respiratory and pelvic floor function.
- Apply research findings and implement effective programs for their practice, integrate exercise prescription, and compare, contrast, and identify the best options for motivation and compliance.
- Identify and observe common issues impacting the quality of transfers and bed mobility, examine techniques to improve the quality of these functional tasks, and apply gait training and techniques in turning to assist with limiting or breaking freezing of gait episodes.