Kent State University Researcher Treats Parkinson's Disease with Exercise

Parkinson's disease affects about 1.5 million Americans, and it often leads to decreased independence and increased reliance on caregivers and the healthcare system for individuals living with it. But research conducted by Kent State University's Angela Ridgel, Ph.D., shows reduced symptoms of the disease with the use of exercise using motorized bicycles.

Parkinson's Treatment though exercise and bicycling at Cleveland Clinic

Preliminary results from a Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute study show that forced exercise on a tandem bicycle improved Parkinson's symptoms in patients for up to a month afterward. This improvement may be the result of exercise triggering a biochemical change in the brain

Biking to help control Parkinsons

Cleveland Clinic researcher Jay Alberts found that bike riding temporarily helped alleviate the effects of the disease.

Cycling for freezing gait in Parkinsons

A 58-year-old man with a 10-year history of idiopathic Parkinson's disease presented with an incapacitating freezing of gait. However, the patient's ability to ride a bicycle was remarkably preserved. (In Video 2, the patient is not wearing a safety helmet because in the Netherlands, wearing a safety helmet is neither required by law nor customary.)

Pedalling for Parkinsons

Jay Alberts, Ph.D. and the Center for Neurological Restoration have discovered that Parkinsons patients who rode with a trainer peddling at 80-90 RPM for an hour three times a week showed a 35% increase in motor function.

Vigorous exercise with Parkinsons

This video of Neil's shows him doing baseline neurological tests (tapping of fingers and foot 64 times each etc - before and after exercise). This was requested by Prof. Bas. Bloem, Medical director, Parkinson Center Nijmegen (ParC) in the Netherlands. Neil also does some impressive bike riding, rowing and weight lifting in this video. Very impressive for a man of 65 and mind boggling for a man diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1998. The video was produced by Pat McGeown and Nathanile Oliveri with Nathaniels wonderful composition "Long Way Home" playing in parts. Special thanks to Danielle Summerfield and Aquafit Fitness and Leisure in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. Filmed on June 6th, 2011.