Medwatch: Parkinson’s survivors box against disease
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) -It’s still Parkinson’s disease awareness month... and today we’re taking a look at how local survivors are beating the odds the odds by using their muscles.
According to the National Institutes of Health, Almost 500,000 Americans live with Parkinson Disease, which is a degenerate disease of the brain that can effect mobility due to the loss of dopamine in the brain. while the disease effects mobility, a local neurosurgeon says there is a cool form of therapy that helps.
“In addition to regular treatment like physical therapy,. there are some exercises like boxing that they can virtually make all the moves like a boxer would, and you gotta be pretty coordinated to be able to do that, and its a fun time, not boring or repetitive,” said Dr. Reina, Luis
Every Tuesday and Friday from 1:30 until 3 in the afternoon, survivors and loved ones gather at The Lawton Family YMCA to engage in exercise warmups and boxing
Parkinson’s typically develops after age 60 and symptoms for every person differ. But five to 10 percent of people, like Geoff Buhlig, have been diagnosed with it by age 50.
" for me the initial diagnosis was somewhat concerning. it was like what does this mean? Things werent working like they use to. I couldnt brush my teeth or even work on my computer like I had been,” Said Buhlig.
He added the boxing course helped him loosen up and its a great way to help survivors get active.
Dr. Luis, explained its unclear what triggers the degeneration of the brain that causes people to lose dopamine, but thankfully classes like the one at the YMCA in Lawton help expose survivors to healthy living choices that can positively effect their health.
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