Parkinson’s disease symptoms are different for everyone living with the disease. With such a wide range of symptoms, finding the right Parkinson’s treatments for your specific combination can be a challenge. Is medication the best route? Or should you pursue another approach first?
Thankfully, there are multiple Parkinson’s disease treatment options you can look into. Medication is usually a staple in anyone’s Parkinson’s treatment. But if you want to maximize your results, then you should also consider complementary Parkinson’s protocols as well.
Exercise is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. For “people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), exercise is more than healthy — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living.” Exercise is the only thing proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s. To ensure your Parkinson’s treatment has tangible, repeatable results, then you need to look into a forced exercise regimen like the one the Theracycle can provide.
An All-Natural Treatment for Parkinson's Disease Symptoms
As crucial as Parkinson’s medications like Carbidopa-levodopa and dopamine agonists are to your Parkinson’s treatment plan, they’re not the only solution worth pursuing. Like Parkinson.org says, Parkinson’s “affects everyone differently, and [since] each person’s response to therapy will vary, there is no hard-and-fast rule about when you should begin taking medication and what to take first.”
“Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management,” Parkinson.org explains. While medications can have side-effects that affect each patient differently, exercise is effectively side-effect free.
However, since so many Parkinson's disease symptoms can be physical, traditional exercise isn’t always realistic for people living with Parkinson’s. If your symptoms make exercise seem out-of-reach, don’t worry: there’s a solution.
The Theracycle motorized exercise bike is specifically designed to help people living with Parkinson’s enjoy an exercise routine that works with their body. Thanks to the motor, users can exercise for longer and at higher intensities than they would’ve been able to without the motor.
According to The University of California’s San Francisco Medical Center, aerobic exercise—like the kind you can experience with the Theracycle—“increases oxygen delivery and neurotransmitters to keep our heart, lungs, and nervous system healthy.” While voluntary exercise can also improve your Parkinson’s symptoms, forced exercise (FE) has proven to be an even more effective Parkinson’s treatment.
In a study conducted by Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, data showed how forced exercise “leads to a shift in motor control strategy...which suggests Forced Exercise may be altering central motor control processes.”
Additionally, participants in this study who partook in the forced exercise regimen saw a significant improvement to their Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The study says, “rigidity improved by 41%, tremor improved by 38%, and bradykinesia improved by 28% after 8 weeks of forced exercise.”
There may not be a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are treatment options that can help you reclaim your quality of life in meaningful, sustainable ways. With forced exercise, you can slow the disease’s effect on your life and sometimes even “change the course of the disease” entirely.
If you want to learn more about how the Theracycle’s forced exercise regimen can be a powerful addition to your Parkinson’s management plan, then reach out to us today! We are happy to answer any questions you may have and do whatever we can to help you achieve a fuller, happier life.