Accorinding to a newspaper article I read, there has not been any research done to prove that Pilates effectively reduces Parkinson’s symptoms, but growing numbers of patients are saying that they are finding relief. It is felt that Pilates is helping these Parkinson’s patients because Pilates exercise movements are controlled with sometimes moving the body only inches. The small motions seem to be making a big difference though for Parkinson’s sufferers.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder that inhibits the patient’s ability to control movement. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremors, slowness of movement, poor balance and rigidity.
Studies are also showing that exercise can ease the severity of the Parkinson’s symptoms and relieve pain for them as well. Many of the Parkinson’s patients have also said that they suffer from depression, but the Pilates exercises are helping to life their depression. They feel that they are helping themselves in some way and do not feel defeated as they used to by this disease.