School of Health Sciences
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
parkinson's, parkinson's disease, neuromuscular disease, exercise
Musculoskeletal Diseases | Musculoskeletal System | Nervous System | Nervous System Diseases
Gibson, Jess, "The Physiology and Psychology of Exercise and Parkinson's Disease" (2015). Senior Honors Theses. 556.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common degenerative neurological disorders and is currently lacking a cure. While physicians have long debated over the best treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms, treatments such as oral medication and deep brain stimulation have not yet shown to be a permanent solution to the disease. Recently, exercise has emerged as a contender in the fight against Parkinson’s and physicians and physiotherapists have been investigating the benefits of prescribing exercise programs to patients in an effort to slow progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. The following presents an analysis of the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s symptoms and whether or not the type of exercise prescribed is efficacious in the reduction in symptoms experienced by patients. This analysis involves weighing the physical and psychological benefits and risks of exercise intervention in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.