Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Easy Ways to Help Muscle Stiffness in PD with In Home Senior Care
Those who are coping with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can attest to the fact that there are some good as well as some fairly difficult days. Muscle stiffness and tremors make daily activities such as dressing grooming hard to do and very frustrating.
It is pretty widely known that exercise, even in moderation is very good for the mind and body. Physical activity is helpful to build strength and help people to resist weakness. For those who are coping with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, exercise is being studied as a way to prevent and bring relief. It is best to consult a doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.
Swimming, yoga and dance are great forms of low impact exercise. Walking can help to ease muscle stiffness and help the muscles to stay limber. Cycling and running are also very helpful in reducing stiffness in the muscles. It is best to choose an activity that is most enjoyable and stick with it on a daily basis, if possible.
Some stretching exercises are beneficial for Parkinson’s disease and should only be performed when muscles are warm such as after a shower or aerobic activity. Some exercises can be used to stretch the back by using a wall for balance. Some other exercises that are good for combatting stiffness in muscles caused by PD include large, rhythmic movements and can be performed for at least thirty minutes like any other routine. Large group classes such as dancing and yoga can make exercise fun and should be attended if this will help keep physical activities a regular part of the week.
The most important part of relieving muscle stiffness is to try to keep moving as much as possible. Choose to walk instead of drive, take the stairs instead of the escalator, and avoid too much sitting and take time to stretch if taking a long drive, and remember to take frequent breaks from the computer and TV as well.
When it comes to finding easy ways to help muscle stiffness with PD, it not only includes regular physical activity, but is also very helpful to ease the mind as well. Take the time to decrease stress in life with reading, social interaction, perform challenging activities, and lastly remember to have fun.
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