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Exercise for people with Parkinson's: a practical approach.

Ramaswamy, Bhanu; Jones, Julie; Carroll, Camille


Bhanu Ramaswamy

Camille Carroll


Exercise is key to a healthy and productive life. For people with Parkinson's, exercise has reported benefits for controlling motor and non-motor symptoms alongside the use of pharmacological intervention. For example, exercise prolongs independent mobility and improves sleep, mood, memory and quality of life, all further enhanced through socialisation and multidisciplinary team support. Recent research suggests that optimally prescribed exercise programmes following diagnosis may alter neurophysiological processes, possibly slowing symptom progression. Given its benefits, professionals should encourage and motivate people with Parkinson's to exercise regularly from the time of diagnosis and provide guidance on what exercise to do. We provide examples of how the growing body of evidence on exercise for people with Parkinson's is revolutionising the services they are provided. We also highlight new resources available to help the wider support network (people such as volunteers, partners and friends of people with Parkinson's) with an interest in exercise promote a consistent message on the benefits of exercise.


RAMASWAMY, B., JONES, J. and CARROLL, C. 2018. Exercise for people with Parkinson's: a practical approach. Practical neurology [online], 18(5), pages 399-406. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 26, 2018
Journal Practical neurology
Print ISSN 1474-7758
Electronic ISSN 1474-7766
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 5
Pages 399-406
Keywords Exercise; Parkinson's; Health professionals; Lifestyle; Motivation
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