Parkinson's disease and dancing
Parkinson's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder that is often accompanied by muscle rigidity, tremors, impaired balance, difficulty walking, changes in speech and reduced quality of life. Unfortunately, treatments can help to relieve symptoms, but there is no cure. Staying active is crucial for those with this neurological condition and dancing has been shown to lessen tremors and improve flexibility, as well as lifting mood. Recent studies indicate that dance may be an effective alternative to traditional exercise for addressing symptoms to individuals with this disease.
According to multiple studies dance appears to meet many, if not all, of the recommended components for exercise programs designed for individuals with Parkinson disease. The benefits of dance include improved balance, gait function, muscle control, as well as improved quality of life. Though there is still more research to be done in concerns to long term benefits and what else may be done, it seems that dancing may be a terrific alternative to traditional methods of excersise therapy.