Researchers now conclude that dancing has a beneficial effect for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The music stimulates the brain and provides a needed diversion.
Mrs. Dunphy has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for five years and she attends the Dance Workouts weekly at a local fitness center. She said dancing has provided her with a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding of her own body and what it can do. “With Parkinson’s the body wants to shrink up, but these classes get us to open our bodies out and reach out with our arms and legs. I’m much more flexible, and it’s great socially as well. When I initially discovered I had Parkinson’s I felt self-conscious, but coming along with other people with the same symptoms makes it a lot easier.”
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative brain disorder and in most cases it develops gradually, initially causing tremors and developing over time to in some cases severely affect people’s body control. It can also cause muscle pain, memory issues and soft or slurred speech.
Prior to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Leung took ballroom dancing classes for around five years. “By the end of the class they’re moving a little more fluidly and perhaps even smiling – that’s the most gratifying part.”
“This is the main exercise I do,” he said. “It relaxes my body and helps mobility…walking down the street you don’t fall over so easily. You have more confidence in doing a lot of things.”
All in all we can conclude: Fitness is and always will be good for your health no matter the challenges that you have! You should not overdo it, but in general, fitness can have a very beneficial effect on the whole body’s physical condition.