(This information is directed toward people
Much of it may also apply to other folks)
it or lose it!
are that you are going to lose a lot of your physical and mental
functions as time goes on. However,
the longer you try to use all of your facilities as much as
you can, the better the quality of your life will be.
is one of the best exercises that PD folks can do.
Walking ( P W ) is better still! Shorter steps, reduced
lung capacity, and stiffening arms are some of the symptoms
of PD. All of which can be helped and postponed for some time
with P.W. Think of it as 'Marching'! This brings to mind a group
of soldiers, marching to the music of a band. Head up, shoulders
back,picking up their feet, arms swinging in an alternative
way left arm & _self leg going forward together; and _self
arm & left leg together. To many of us, this is no longer
possible! Our steps are short and just barely rise high enough
to clear the surface,( a fall looking
for a place to happen ), our arms don't swing, our
head and upper body lean forward as we look at the walkway in
front of us as we walk, and we rarely walk fast enough to raise
a sweat, let alone expand our chest and lungs.
Them Or Loose them!
we can start to reclaim our bodily posture and function by lifting
our feet as we walk. Exaggerate!
Pick them up higher, and thrust them forward even an inch farther,
being careful not to loose your balance as you walk or climb
stairs. Then bit by bit begin making a concentrated effort to
raise your head a little, throw back your shoulders a little,
swing your arms a little, and walk a little bit faster. Each
day as you are able, increase where you can. It is a good idea
to get a " Walkman " with some marching music, as
well as a walking companion if you can. You are more apt to
keep at it better with a companion!
It is a good idea to walk faster for 4 minutes, then slow down
for 4 minutes. Breaking a sweat and speeding up your breathing
will expand your chest and increase your oxygen intake as well
as slowing down the increasing 'rigidity' that we often get.
haste slowly, ROME wasn't built in a day!
disease progresses, unused muscles and tendons become rigid
and more difficult and painful to move. So, it is a good idea
to make as many muscles perform their functions as long as they
possibly can. This prolongs your independence and eases pain!
simple and useful exercise can be practiced several times a
day, which will help to keep your chest and diaphragm expanded
so you will be able to breathe with less pain!
a DEEP breath to a count of 3
to a count of 5
to a count of 3.
this 5 or 6 times a day!
there are many other exercises you can do, such as swimming,
power walking, Tai Chi, and dancing to name a few!
In bad weather,
stair climbing and mini trampolines help a lot!
them or Lose Them!
tries to heal itself, and given half a chance, it will try to
do so. However, it can only heal itself, if it has been cleansed,
has proper nutrition, and the muscles are functioning to the
best of their ability.
this in mind, I push myself physically and mentally each and
every day, with hopes that I will be able get my body and mind
to create new pathways in my brain through Creative Visualization.
is one of the bigger problems for P.D. folks!
often becomes a problem for a P.D. person. As it is also a problem
with many seniors, it is apt to be overlooked. While talking
to a physiotherapist, I was told that if the average senior
could stand on one foot for 10 seconds, they were doing pretty
good. So I decided that I would see how long I could stand on
one leg. Much to my chagrin, I couldn't stand on either foot
to a count of 10. It was my understanding that balance was controlled
by the inner ear.
Then I was
told by my Kinesiologist that there were automatic balance adjustment
sensors in each of our leg joints. In addition, I was told that
it was possible to fine tune these sensors so as to overcome
some of the the loss caused by the cell death, that created
the problem in the inner ear in the first place. It is like
the body compensates a blind person by sharpening the other
senses. ( I have found that a Kinesiologist is a big help).
you force them to work, by balancing as long as you can on each
foot, the more effective they will become! It will not cure
the problem, but it will help.
we often fall , is because our "center of gravity"
has shifted forward.
This is caused by the head bending forward. The average person's
head weighs between 10 & 12 lbs, & as years go by the
two large muscles in the back of the neck.get tired,and sag
forward. This shifts your center of gravity, upsetting your
If one becomes aware of the problem soon enough,Isometric exercises
Hold your head up and back in the position it used to be in,
and push your head against your hands, and push your hands against
your head all around. Hold for a count off 6 in this push/push
position several times a day.
Them or Lose Them!
I try to
take every approaching loss as a challenge. I feel that if I
force myself to do something I am loosing, my body and mind
will attempt to correct the problem, thereby slowing the process.
Am I winning?
I like to think so!
a neurologist recently, I was told that loosing one's "balance",
and the resulting 'fall' was one of the main causes of death
to pwp's. I did not get a chance to pursue the subject, so I
gathered that a person who fell because they could no longer
control their balance, might well contribute to an earlier demise
because of the trama involved.