Therapeutic Yoga for Parkinson's Disease
Some common asanas or yoga for parkinson's disease which can be performed by paralyzed patients are:
This pranayama for parkinson's disease increases the oxygen level in the body and improves blood circulation.
2. Supta Baddha Konasana
This yoga for parkinson's disease increases the oxygen level in the body.
3. Supta Sukhasana
This pranayama for parkinson's disease is very beneficial for the patient with Parkinson's disease. This asana increases oxygen level and improves the breathing process.
This asana improves blood circulation in the head and helps to make the balance of the body.
5. Adho Mukha Svanasana
This yoga for parkinson's disease will improve blood circulation in the intelligence center (Brain) and hence helps to make the balance of the body.
This is an asana that works against gravitational force and activates the dopamine hormone which due to Parkinson's weakens and loss in quantity. This asana makes the dopamine stronger and helps the brain to release in the right quantity.
This yoga for parkinson's disease reduces the swing in the movement and also balances the body.
9. Ujjayi Pranayama
This pranayama for parkinson's disease increases the oxygen level in the brain and body and improves blood circulation in the body. this also strengthens the memory.
- During the treatment, all the yoga for parkinson's disease will be performed with the help of props.
- Patients will be treated by trained yoga teachers under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
- The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
- Every person will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.
Parkinson’s disorder is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that affects the motor system of the body. A substance in the brain called dopamine is responsible for smooth and coordinated muscle movements and when the level of dopamine gets reduced in the body to around 60% the patient starts showing symptoms. Symptoms of the disease start developing gradually, Parkinson's disease causes slowness of movement. The symptoms of the diseases get worse over time making the patient very weak and almost handicap.
Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured completely and doctors usually perform surgery to reduce the symptoms and provide some relief to the patient. Along with the treatment try some yoga for parkinson's disease. these exercises are very beneficial for the patient.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is not known yet but there are a number of factors that are said to cause Parkinson's disease such as:
- Low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine(a substance that produces dopamine ) in the body have been linked with Parkinson's disease.
- Genetics- the presence of certain genes is said to increase the risk of Parkinson's disease in some individuals and it could run in families for a long period of time.
- Exposure to certain virises can also cause parkinson’s disease.
- Exposure of the body to certain toxins could harm the body and may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease.
- The presence of abnormal proteins called Lewy bodies in the body is also a causing factor.
- Excessive consumption of caffeine has also been linked with Parkinson's disease.
- A history of head injury of the patient has also been linked with Parkinson's disease.
- Low concentrations of urate in the blood serum has also been linked with Parkinson's disease.
- The presence of a high level of lead metal has been linked to Parkinson's disease in some cases.
Males are at more risk of the disease as compared to women and people above 60 years of age are at more risk than younger people.
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be different in every individual case, usually, the symptoms of a Parkinson's patient could be observed in later stages of the disease as early signs could be very negligible and get unnoticed. The symptom of the disease starts appearing on one side of the body and affects that side of the body more than the other.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease are :
- Tremor- the hand, limbs, and fingers of the patient start shaking even when at rest.
- The slowness of body movements. It creates a problem in doing daily tasks and may need assistance from others.
- Problems in making a balance of the body, falling down often.
- Impaired posture- the posture of the body gets very bad making the person stooped down which creates balance problems.
- The rigidness of the muscles- the muscles of legs, arms and trunk gets stiff and results in pain and reduction in the range of motion.
- Loss of automatic movements like blinking, smiling, etc.
- Difficulty in writing and a change in handwriting.
- Changes in speech- your speech could become soft, quick and could be hard to understand.
- Depression, anxiety, psychosis, hallucinations are some symptoms that can be seen in very extreme cases.
- Sleeping problems- talking and movements in sleep, frequent dreams
- Memory problems can also occur in a Parkinson's patient.
- Constipation and swallowing problems can also occur in some rare cases.