AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Aerobic Exercise Benefits Parkinson’s Patients

Ongoing aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, according to a report recently published in the journal JAMA Neurology. Aerobic exercise liberates trophic factors, which are small proteins in the brain that behave like fertilizer does when applied to your lawn. Exercise helps maintain brain connections and counters brain shrinkage from Parkinson’s disease as well as from brain aging. Researchers are making the case that modern physical therapy practices should incorporate aerobic exercise training and encourage fitness for patients with Parkinson’s disease. “The physical therapist could identify the type of exercise that would appeal to the individual, initiate that plan and serve as exercise coach,” said the lead author, who emphasized it’s important for patients to work with their doctors to optimize their medication routine as well. To read more, click here.

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