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Exercises for Parkinson's

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These exercises can help strengthen your muscles and keep them loose and flexible. Ask your doctor whether they’re right for you. Your doctor or physical therapist may also suggest other exercises.

Do the exercises once a day at first, then build up to several times a day. Exercise slowly, and rest if you feel pain.

Body Twist

Body Twist

  • Sit in a chair, facing forward. Place your hands on your shoulders.

  • Turn your head and body to the side as far as possible, as if you were trying to look behind you.

  • Return to starting position, then turn to the other side.

  • Repeat 10 times.

Seated March

Seated March

  • Sit in a chair, facing forward.

  • Slowly lift one knee as high as you can, then lower your foot to the floor.

  • Do the same with your other leg.

  • Repeat 10 times with each leg.

Back Stretch

Back Stretch

  • Stand or sit with your back straight.

  • Hold your arms in front of you. Put your hands and elbows together, hands pointing toward the ceiling.

  • Move your arms apart as far as possible, pushing your shoulder blades together.

  • Slowly move your hands back together.

Medical Reviewer: Bernstein, Allan L, MD, Merrilees, Jennifer, RN, MS, PhD Last Annual Review Date: 2011-10-12 Copyright: © 2000-2010 The StayWell Company, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

Reference: Parkinson's Disease section on Better Medicine

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Parkinson's disease only affects older adults.