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Parkinson’s Disease

Therapeutic Yoga for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a deteriorating brain condition which has adverse effects on the nervous system. It can cause stiffness, difficulty in maintaining balance, constant trembling in the body, etc. Yoga can help get the nervous system on track and slowly restore normal functioning of the body and brain. It can improve the overall life quality of the patient. Here is a snapshot of how yoga asanas for Parkinson’s disease work in your favour.

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Diseases

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 disease get worse over time making the patient very weak and almost handicapped.

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.

Causes and Symptoms of Parkinson’s disorder

Causes:

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:

  1. Low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine(a substance that produces dopamine ) in the body have been linked with Parkinson’s disease.
  2. 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.
  3. Exposure to certain viruses can also cause Parkinson’s disease.
  4. Exposure of the body to certain toxins could harm the body and may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
  5. The presence of abnormal proteins called Lewy bodies in the body is also a causing factor.
  6. Excessive consumption of caffeine has also been linked with Parkinson’s disease.
  7. A history of head injury of the patient has also been linked with Parkinson’s disease.
  8. Low concentrations of urate in the blood serum have also been linked with Parkinson’s disease.
  9. 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.

Symptoms:

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 :

  1. Tremor –  the hand, limbs, and fingers of the patient start shaking even when at rest.
  2. The slowness of body movements. It creates a problem in doing daily tasks and may need assistance from others.
  3. Problems in making a balance of the body, falling down often.
  4. Impaired posture- the posture of the body gets very bad making the person stooped down which creates balance problems.
  5. 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.
  6. Loss of automatic movements like blinking, smiling, etc.
  7. Difficulty in writing and a change in handwriting.
  8. Changes in speech- your speech could become soft, quick and could be hard to understand.
  9. Depression, anxiety, psychosis, hallucinations are some symptoms that can be seen in very extreme cases.
  10. Sleeping problems- talking and movements in sleep, frequent dreams
  11. Memory problems can also occur in a Parkinson’s patient.
  12. Constipation and swallowing problems can also occur in some rare cases.

Preventions for Parkinson’s Disease:

  1. Consume a healthy diet on an everyday basis. Include fruits, vegetables and nuts to increase nutritional value. 
  2. Having caffeine in your diet can be a good way to decrease the risk of getting Parkinson’s.
  3. Make a routine of doing exercises every day. You can choose your favoured form, like running, sports or yoga. And stick to it. It will keep your body active and fit and decreases the chances of getting strokes.
  4. Use headgear while playing sports that require protection. Wear helmets while riding bicycles and motorbikes. Put safety belt whenever you are sitting in a car.
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on Parkinson's Disease:

How does yoga help with Parkinson's Disease?

Yoga helps in keeping the body and mind active in ways that other activities might not. It helps you release stress, keeps away anxiety, helps in better breathing, and keeps all systems of the body healthy and smooth. Keeping the body and mind agile is a protective measure for Parkinson’s.

Does yoga help in the prevention of Parkinson's Disease?

Yoga gives mental and physical stability and strength which lowers the chances of getting strokes. A regular schedule of yoga practice can yield great results and help you shield against Parkinson’s disease.

Which yoga is good for Parkinson's?

Sukhasana, Purvottansana, Uttanasana and Sirsasana are some of the commonly practised yoga poses for Parkinson’s disease. We have a healing and prevention program for it where we have combined asanas and pranayama for Parkinson’s disease. For more details, kindly refer to our contact details.

What precautions should be exercised while doing yoga for Parkinson's?

It’s best to consult your doctor before starting any physical exercises. He can suggest the best dos and don’ts as per your body type and severity of the disease. And if you are starting a yoga healing course, always perform it in presence of trained yoga teachers.

Is Parkinson's treatment with Yoga beneficial?

Yoga has a soothing effect on the mind and body. It uplifts the overall strength, focus, fitness, and stamina of the body. When the body and mind are feeling healthier, the risk of getting Parkinson’s is lowered. Chat with our experts to know more.

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