Patients with Parkinson's disease in California are struggling to stay alive, literally, through the Neuroboxing program, which is designed to reduce the progression of the debilitating disease.
According to Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely perceptible tremor in one hand." As the disease progresses, the symptoms become extreme including slow movements, rigid muscles, altered posture and balance, loss of automatic movements, changes in speech and changes in writing. 19659002] Neuroboxing is a non-profit program founded by Jennifer Parkinson in 2016. The former nurse was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 32. After researching the disease, Parkinson discovered that exercising really could help your condition by keeping symptoms quickly emerging at bay. Without losing time, he began to train with a former professional boxer and began to experience the difference.
"I had more energy, I was able to move better (and) my freezing episodes improved," Parkinson said, the Santa Maria Times reported. "I realized that this was something that could help a lot of people."
Trained instructors in several California cities teach Parkinson's patients non-contact boxing under the program that helps improve their agility, muscular endurance, balance, hand-eye coordination, foot work and overall strength.
"It's extremely anecdotal, but it's something I noticed," Neurologist Dr. David Hardesty said: "Exercise is hard to study, but it's one of those things that are so evident among doctors that it provides improvements, that it becomes standard recommend it. "
In a typical class, instructors shout words of encouragement to program members who repeatedly hit the sandbags that hang in front of them, at the same time changing the weight of a leg to another. His fist movements: activities such as jumping, throwing, playing catch and doing biceps curls with heavy bars can also be part of some sessions.
The trainer of Neuroboxing, sergeant of April, who teaches classes in multiple locations, said that all activities undergo the sessions are aimed at combating different aspects of Parkinson's disease. However, as a coach, it is the Sergeant's job to evaluate newcomers to assess their strength and requirements and also teach them the correct way to box.
"Parkinson's affects everyone differently," he said. "For some people, it really affects their writing, for others, it's their balance, gross motor skills or some combination of those things." In class, we tried to push them beyond their limits, pushing them into the past where they would normally go and create that forced exercise. and intense is what works. "
The sergeant added that she witnessed people who really struggled with her physical prowess and showed remarkable progress after enrolling in the program.
"I had a guy who literally could not take a step back: his feet would not rise from the ground to retreat and now he could walk around the room backwards if he asked," he said.
For many participants, the group has become a vital part of their lives, giving them a reason to wait and consider life with a positive attitude.
"It's easy to be an inmate when you have Parkinson's (disease)," said Bill Marthaller, 63, a member of Neuroboxing. "For many of us, the class is a reason to get up in the morning."
Ed Murray, 73, another participant said: "We are all very close to each other, we see people go in and see how much they have improved, people who could hardly walk or do anything, and suddenly, they exercise very Well, so we're proud of each other for what they're doing. "