Boxing Program helps deal with Parkinson’s

A boxing program in Indianapolis is helping battle some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
One of the boxers who is part of the program, 72-year old Linda Porter, told CBC.ca boxing training helped reduced a significant tremor in her left hand, to the point where it is barely noticeable.
Rock Steady Boxing started in 2007 by a former prosecutor Scott Newman as a way to deal with his early-onset Parkinson’s and the training regime replicates the way boxers prepare for bouts.
Galit Kleiner-Fisman, a neurologist at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences and medical director of the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic told CBC.ca, although there’s good evidence to support exercise, there’s no evidence yet to support which is the best exercise according to a 2013 review of physiotherapy interventions in Parkinson’s.
Research conducted at the University of Indianapolis’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy who studied the Rock Steady Program for more than two years compared the health of 45 people in the program to 38 other Parkinson’s patients doing different exercises and found boxing fared better.

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