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Exercise

Regular exercise may protect against the development of Parkinson's Disease. It can prevent some of the disability that might otherwise result from stiffness and slowness. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking can help keep bones healthy and reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture. Recent research in Alzheimer's Disease has shown exercise may even be good for the thinking parts of the brain.

People with Parkinson's report fatigue as an important and common symptom. Whilst fatigue may prevent strenuous exercise in some individuals, maintaining physical fitness through regular exercise is likely to reduce fatigue.

The Derby or Ripley education and exercise groups are useful places to start. You can do some group exercises and pick up many practical suggestions.

Your doctor may also suggest a physiotherapy assessment. Following assessment, the physio may recommend an individualised exercise programme.

Parkinson's UK has a video and infrormation booklet about exercise called Keeping Moving.

Fiona Lindop is specialist Parkinson's physiotherapist at Derby hospitals and is currently vice-president of the Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson's Disease Europe APPDE. She sits on the Parkinson's UK advisory board and has been invited to join the NICE clinical guideline group for Parkinson's Disease. In 2018 she was appointed therapy lead for the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

 

 
Fiona Lindop
Fiona Lindop, specialist Parkinson's physiotherapist