There’s an old myth (going back to Dr. James Parkinson – 1817) stating that people with Parkinson’s are generally weak. This is a MYTH and has been proven false. Just start boxing with a person with PD and you’ll find out real quickly that they are generally quite strong.
Strength training is a vital component of any exercise program. However, traditional strength training will not be our focus.
Instead, we focus on what we call “functional training.” Let’s say, for example – a person with Parkinson’s falls down. Do they have the strength to do what it takes to navigate back to safety? While they may be strong in some respects, it is not uncommon to find that a person may not have the ability to roll over. Next, they may have difficulty getting onto all fours and crawling back to safety – or getting up to standing position and finding safety.
We focus on “foundational movement patterns” – sometimes referred to as “Primal Movement Patterns.” Dr. Pery Nickelston (www.stopchasingpain.com) taught me some amazing patterns to help develop the kind of strength that allows a person to go from lying on the floor to standing up – safely.
I have modified the patterns for people with PD.
Remember that we WE teach in this course is what WE find to work most effectively. It doesn’t mean it’s the ONLY way. We teach what we like and our people like.
Babies develop the ability to walk through a series of progressions. First, they learn to extend their head off the ground. Next, they learn to roll over. Soon, their up on all fours and starting to crawl. After that, they pull themselves up and stand. Then – the big one – they WALK – and then they run.
We use this progression of movements to retrain the body on primal development patterns. Plus – this type of training is SO good for overall strength.