Slow treadmill 'improves mobility' in Parkinson's

Posted on 13 April 2011

People with Parkinson's paying for long term care may benefit from walking on a treadmill at a comfortable speed, new research has indicated.

Walking for a longer duration on a slow moving treadmill was found to be the most effective exercise for improving the mobility of Parkinson's patients, according to a study presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Hawaii.

Lisa M Shulman, of the University of Maryland, explained that walking difficulties are the biggest cause of disability in people with the condition.

"These results have important implications for how we manage Parkinson's disease, since low-intensity exercise can be done by most people with Parkinson's, and our patients frequently ask what type of exercise they should be doing," she said.

Older adults considering taking up some form of exercise should do so in a group, Vicky Johnston, of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, has advised.

The expert said that older people, who may be paying for care, will find exercise more enjoyable if they undertake it as part of a group.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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