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    Parkinson's Disease and Exercise - Topic Overview

    Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson's disease. It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you:

    • Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination.
    • Maintain and increase endurance.
    • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
    • Improve cardiovascular fitness.
    • Control weight.
    • Reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated.

    Exercise also can promote a sense of well-being and improve your mood.

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    A physical therapist can help you learn exercises and stretches to do at home to improve posture, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

    A physical or occupational therapist can also help you to:

    • Plan more efficient movements for daily living activities (such as bathing and dressing) so that these activities are easier and less tiring.
    • Improve balance and walking.
    • Use walking aids (such as canes or walkers) correctly.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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