Researchers look to cycling as possible treatment option for Parkinson's disease

Researchers look to cycling as possible treatment option for Parkinson's disease



LEARNING IS CERTAIN KINDS OF
EXERCISE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. >> IT FELT LIKE A TWITCH I COULD
NOT CONTROL. EMILY: RICH NOTICE THAT FIRST
TWITCH IN 2010. IT TOOK YEARS FOR AN OFFICIAL
DIAGNOSIS — PARKINSON’S
DISEASE. >> YOU GO THROUGH THIS SENSE OF
MY BODY IS BETRAYING ME. EMIL PARKINSON’S IS A DISORDER
CAUSED BY A LOSS OF NEURONS IN
THE BRAIN A PRODUCE DOPAMINE. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SHAKING,
STIFFNESS AND INSTABILITY. RICH H ALWAYS BEEN AN ATHLETE
AND THOUGH ALSO DEALING WITH
OTHER HEALTH ISSUES, PHYSICAL
THERAPY AND EXERCISE HELPED. INCLUDING CYCLING. SOMETHING HE DID WITH PEDALING
FOR PARKINSON’S, A STUDY RUN BY
MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL. >> PATIENTS WILL SAY THEY FEEL
BETTER AFTER ONE SESSION. EMILY: DR. MCKEE IS ONE OF THE
INVESTIGATORS. HER WOR INSPIRED BY A PATIENT
IN THE NETHERLANDS. A MAN WIT ADVANCED PARKINSON’S
HARDLY ABLE TO WALK WITHOUT
ASSISTANCE STILL RODE HI BIKE
EVERY DAY. MANY OF HIS SYMPTOMS TEMPORARILY
GONE. RESEARCH DONE IN A LAB HAS SHOWN
SLIGHTLY AT 80 OR 90 REVOLUTIONS
PER MINUTE CAN IMPROVE SYMPTOMS
FOR OTHER PATIENTS AS WELL. >> WE TAKE IT AS A BABY DO WITH
THE FACT THAT BY FORCING
THEMSELVES TO GO QUICKLY, IT MAY
FEED BACK TO THE BRA AND
ALLOW THEM TO KEEP GOING QUICKLY
AND MOVE SMOOTHLY AFTER THEY STOPPED RIDING A BICYCLE. EMILY: BUT DOES IT WORK OUTSIDE
THE LAB? THAT IS WHERE PEDALING FOR
PARKINSON’S COMES IN. IMPLEMENTED BY YMCA ON,
PATIENTS LIKE ALL THREE TIMES
FOR EIGHT WEEKS– THREE TIMES
FOR WEEK. >> YOU HAVE REALLY SENSE OF
ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU GO 40
MINUTES ON THE BIKE. D
EMILY: PERHAPS JUST AS
IMPORTANT, THE CLASS GAVE HIM A
SENSE OF COMMUNITY. >> WE’RE BIKING SOME WILL SAY, I
WOKR UP FEELING TERRIBLE, MY
LEGS WERE STIFF, MY BACK WAS
STIFF. .
I FELT LIKE THAT YESTERDAY SOME
WILL SAY. IT IS THE UNDERSTANDING I AM NOT
SO DIFFERENT FROM EVERYBODY
ELSE. EMILY: MORE THAN 100 LOCATIONS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY OFFER
PEDALING FOR PARKINSON’S
CLASS. THE STUDY IS BEING ANALYZED

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