Help support “Ride With Larry” (A film of one man’s Parkinson’s journey)

A team of filmmakers, who all have loved ones with Parkinson’s, are creating the first film for the Parkinson’s community, by the Parkinson’s community that will help spark an international movement for research, awareness, and inspiration.

The film, Ride with Larry, follows Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now beloved small town baker, as he rides his bike across South Dakota, pushing his limits and expanding the boundary of possibilities for those with Parkinson’s disease. Weaved amongst the progress of Larry’s ride is an intimate portrait of the every day battle against Parkinson’s, the great minds working to find a cure, and the community love of Vermillion, SD that makes joined together to give Larry Smith one great ride.


The Exercycle Company (makers of the Theracycle) is a proud sponsor of Ride with Larry (including having furnished this Theracycle for Larry to work out on). We hope that readers of the Theracycle blog and others will join us in supporting this important film by contributing to the next state in its creation…

Read this message from Team Larry on how YOU can help!

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Exercise: Particularly beneficial to Parkinson’s patients

In a recent NetDoctor article titled Exercise can be particularly beneficial to Parkinson’s patients” Dr. Michelle Gardner, research development manager at Parkinson’s UK, claimed that, although exercise is beneficial for everyone, it can offer extra advantages for those suffering from Parkinson’s.

Referencing research conducted by the UCSF School of Nursing and Red Hill Studios,  Dr. Gardner said “Many people with Parkinson’s struggle with gait and balance, and playing specially adapted computer games like those mentioned in the study holds real promise for assisting people with Parkinson’s to improve their coordination, regain confidence and become more physically active in day to day life.”

In recently winning its coveted NIH Grant for a Theracycle-driven regimen for Parkinson’s patients, the Theracycle team is building on the success of earlier research.

In 2010, the Red Hill Studios/UCSF Partnership received an NIH grant for $1.1 Million for computer-based physical therapy games for patients with PD. and cerebral palsy.

Fun and Games. Exercise and Health.

 

 

Who should be on your Parkinson’s care team?

A recent post on the blog of the National Parkinson’s Foundation asks a provocative question:

Will involving a neurologist in the care of a Parkinson’s disease patient makes a difference in outcome? 

In her post on the NPF blog entitled “The Case for All Parkinson’s Disease Patients to be Co-managed by a Primary Care-Neurologist Team,” Tennessee-based Cathy Whitlock calls attention to an interesting research paper that was published this summer in Neurology— the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

The August 30, 2011 Neurology paper, “Neurologist care in Parkinson disease: A utilization, outcomes, and survival study,” was authored by Allison Wright Willis, MD (Assistant Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis) and her colleagues M. Shootman, B.A. Evanoff, J.S. Perlmutter, & B.A. Racette.

The paper and Cathy’s blog post are worth reading as they address the perennial question asked by PD patients: “What can I do to be sure I am getting the best possible treatment for my Parkinson’s disease,” with a response grounded in medical research to “make sure you are co-managed by both a neurologist and a primary care physician.”

While we think it’s important to also have a first-rate physical therapist with a knowledge of PD exercise therapies on a care team, this is a thought provoking question. Read Cathy’s article for more…

What do you think?

News: Theracycle driving Small Business Innovation

We’re excited to announce that our company has been awarded a coveted “Small Business Innovation Research” grant from the NIH to help advance our efforts to understand how using a Theracycle can help people who live with Parkinson’s Disease.

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The Promise of “Forced Exercise”

Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D. Edward F. and Barbara A. Bell Family Endowed Chair Department of Biomedical Engineering The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio USA)

While “Forced Exercise” sounds like something you’d have to endure as a member of a prison chain gang… it’s actually a very promising therapy introduced and validated by Jay Alberts, PhD — esteemed researcher at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Alberts’ research and clinical trials have shown that cycling “done right” can significantly improve the conditions of people with Parkinson’s disease.

For more detail including video of a feature TV segment from NBC News on “Pedalling away Parkinson’s Symptoms” see our feature coverage of Cycling and Parkinson’s Disease.

The Joys of Weight Lifting… Despite M.S.

You may have already “met” Mariana (our friend and 6-year veteran Theracycle rider) who shared her own Theracycle Story in a prior post….

Since it’s been something that she really enjoys and gets great benefits from – Mariana’s written the article below “The Joys of Weight Lifting— Despite M.S.”
If you’re someone with mobility challenges who’s considering adding weight training to your exercise routine, you’ll find Mariana’s article a helpful primer in what to look for.

Since she’s “been there, done that” – her article provides some “tricks of the trade” and personal insights on exercises and equipment that have worked for her.
I think you’ll agree with me that Mariana’s words are both instructive and inspiring!

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