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Tue, Jul 2 2:22pm · Parkinsons Back Pain in Parkinson's Disease

BIG Therapy is the movement portion of LSVT BIG and LOUD Therapy. You can google it. There are several different movements (exercises) that you do to help you move bigger – walking with bigger steps, swing you arms, etc. It also has helped stretch my back out.

Tue, Jul 2 11:06am · Parkinsons Back Pain in Parkinson's Disease

I have had back pain ever since I realized something was not right with me: 6-9 months before I was "officially" diagnosed with PD. Exercise, such as BIG Therapy, Yoga, and swimming, has helped. Walking has not helped, it actually heightens the pain (at least for me). I have not discovered any meds, including over the counter meds, that can help. Besides asking the doc, I would seek assistance from a PT.
For whatever its worth…

Tue, Feb 19 3:35pm · Climbing Stairs with PD in Parkinson's Disease

Remember to tell him, its the "forced pace" exercise that is most beneficial. Thai is going a little beyond what is normally comfortable when exercising – in general its: elevation of the heart rate, light perspiration, slight difficulty to talk while exercising, etc. Ask a PT..also there is several references in the PD literature and especially on the Davis Phinney site.

Tue, Feb 19 12:35pm · Climbing Stairs with PD in Parkinson's Disease

Stair climbing is not an issue with me. I am 59 and was diagnosed with PD 18 months ago. I have been exercising:
– walking,
– walking with trekking poles,
– lifting weights,
– riding stationary bike (gave up riding in the street since my accident)
– balance exercises, and
– Big and Loud exercises. I
believe the whole package of activities has keep me stable for now
I am not taking any meds.
I also believe diet has helped.

For whatever its worth 🙂

Dec 13, 2018 · Parkinson’s symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

Thank you and Merry Christmas to you.

Dec 11, 2018 · Parkinson’s symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

Thanks for asking about my recovery. I am dong very well. I see the Orthopedic Doc tomorrow, Last visit he said the ribs were calcifying and beginning to heal…we will see tomorrow. I am walking everyday now and averaging 8K steps (most days getting in 10K!). I have restarted my balancing exercises and also my BIG and LOUD exercises. I have been to Mayo for post concussion check and PD check. Concussion has healed and my PD is still mild and border line needing meds. PD Doc and I will re-evaluate after ribs heal and back to full strength exercising. My lung has cleared of fluid BUT will have residual scarring for a while. I have continued doing deep breathing exercises to try and regain the lung capacity that I have lost…Doc thinks I have a good chance to add more capacity but not optimistic about regaining 100%…we'll see.

Feeling much better overall. I have been convinced to retire from cycling. So when I am able, I will hit the pool for exercise….I was a collegiate swimmer so maybe its time to return to the water 🙂 I will also restart yoga and weight lifting when I can. Also my oldest son is a Tae Kwon Doe Instructor – he is going to begin working with me. He says he will incorporate some of the Rock Solid Boxing principles with martial arts flavor. I am looking forward to it.

I am planning on going back to work on January 2, 2019. It has been a while and think I am ready to start back.

All and all, God is good…All the time. And all the time…God is good.