The numbers are rising.
Almost 1 million Americans have a current diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. That number is anticipated to more than double in the next 10 years based on current trends.
SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
PAIN IS A PREDOMINANT FEATURE
Low back pain and neck pain are the most common complaints for people with Parkinson's Disease.
In fact, 86% of people with the disease complain of low back pain.
This is directly linked to stooped posture causing the back muscles to seize up. Seized muscles hold the stooped posture in place causing even more joint erosion.
BACK AND NECK PAIN
It only makes sense. If you minimize or eliminate a stooped posture, then most pain in Parkinson's would be decreased or gone. The more pain you have, the less you are willing to move. Being sedentary increases the pain now, and in the future, significantly impacting your overall health and well being.
This is a quality of life issue.
As research continues for a cure, what are people supposed to do in the meantime?
Taking pain medication is one option. Long term use of pain medication has serious side effects, addiction and overdose being the most serious. Increased liver enzymes and gut problems such as malabsorption are two others.
Spinal surgery is both costly and risky. There are no guarantees this approach works.
Exercising with TaiChi, ballroom dancing and yoga have been shown to be very helpful. Posture can eventually improve and muscles become less rigid. This is a good thing.
We believe re-building muscles on a crooked spine is not the correct approach.
First, re-establish a normal posture. This is done by correctly aligning the bones in the spine accomplished by lengthening spinal ligaments allowing the vertebra to move into correct positions. THEN increase muscle mass through exercise.
This approach has a cascading effect. Better posture halts, or at the very least slows down,the progression of joint erosion in the spine. Correct alignment also decreases pressure and erosion on other joints in the body such as in the hips, knees and neck. Pain is reduced or eliminated and movement becomes much easier. The more you move, the stronger and healthier your life.