PARKINSON'S DISEASE TREATMENT
Empowering movement for everyday
PWR! Is a comprehensive approach to integrating research on neuroplasiticity into exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease. It is not a singular approach, but a constantly evolving wellness program to counteract inactivity, motor deterioration and daily symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. This holistic wellness approach optimizes changes in the brain from exercise by incorporating education on sleep, nutrition, engagement of cognitive and attentional focus and progresses and aerobic exercise program that is specific to the needs of patient’s with Parkinson’s Disease. This is yet another approach that our Parkinson’s Disease specialist, Lynnell Gravelle, is certified in and incorporates into her individualized care plan.
It has been proven through various studies that the best treatment for Parkinson’s Disease is intense exercise that incorporates all the components of fitness: agility, cardiovascular fitness, endurance, speed, flexibility, hand-eye coordination and strength. This type of exercise has been proven to slow the progression and can reverse some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
In Rock Steady class, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to help delay and improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to improve mobility and function and minimize the symptoms of PD.
LSVT BIG is a proven treatment that trains People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP) to improve their movement and mobility. People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) or other neurological conditions often have smaller, slower movements. They may have trouble with walking, getting out of a chair, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. Lynnell provides individualized care to work with PWP to achieve their personal goals and improve their functional mobility. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by repetitive movements that “retrain the brain” to improve movement through a process called neuroplasticity.
Lynnell Gravelle helped found RockSteady Boxing Glacier in 2017. This is an affiliate program that gives people with Parkinson’s Disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum. Classes encompass all elements of fitness and exercises are specific to target the various symptoms of PD. Currently classes are held twice a week at Access Fitness in Kalispell. All of our coaches are Licensed Physical Therapy professionals who are experienced in treatment of PD and concurrent medical conditions.Classes are open to all people with Parkinson’s or related disorders, no matter the level of progression, as exercises can be modified so that anyone can participate. Our boxers have become their own ‘support group’ and many close friendships have blossomed in class.