Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks dopamine producing cells in the substantia-nigra. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that facilitates the conduction of chemical messages from the basal ganglia to the motor cortex; less dopamine means those messages don’t get through as well, which leads to the poverty of movement we typically see with Parkinson’s.

The good news is that if we can get to Parkinson’s people early enough with the right exercise programme, there’s a good chance we can slow down the symptoms of the disease. A neuroplastic exercise programme involves intensity, amplitude (big movements), complexity, balance, coordination, salience, specificity and repetition.

Bottom line: There is no cure for Parkinson’s yet but, if you are prepared to work hard, there’s a good chance you can tame it.

Punch & Move

Punch & Move is a hybrid of PD Warrior and CounterPunch for Parkinson’s with some Tai Chi, circus and rock and roll thrown in for fun. The aim is to create a neuroplastic training environment which works on all the things PD and MS people need.

PDCircus

Run in conjucntion with The Circotica Circus School in Christchurch, PDCircus is a programme that focuses on using circus skills to activate the phenomenon of Paradoxical Kinesia, wherein individuals with PD-related movement difficulties suddenly perform more complex movements smoothly, even though motor function had been substantially limited.

Parkinson’s Coaching

We also works on an individual basis or with small groups on request.

Contact Tim for details: tim@exerciseasmedicinenz.com or 021 0228 2551