What is PD?

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by reduced dopamine production. It results in a loss of bodily control, extending far beyond a mere shaky hand. It is a life-altering condition where individuals face the challenge of their bodies progressively disobeying commands. This creates a confinement of slowness, rigidity, clouded minds, muted voices, and both mental and physical pain.

More than 8 million people in the world have Parkinson’s. It is the fastest-growing neurological disease in the world. It has more than forty possible symptoms of which the ‘gold standard’ of treatment is over fifty years old, is not one hundred percent effective, and is not available to everyone who needs it.

Common Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease manifests when the cells responsible for dopamine production either die or become dysfunctional. This gives rise to various symptoms, including:

  • Tremors
  • Slowness of movement
  • Impaired balance
  • Rigidity of muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Soft speech
  • Problems with handwriting
  • Stooped posture
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disruption
  • Depression

These are just a few common symptoms among many other possible symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

How Physical Exercise Helps

Within the Parkinson’s community, there is a consensus that a holistic approach is essential, encompassing all aspects of life. At the core of this approach is regular and intense physical exercise, which is considered an important component alongside other treatments. While there is no cure, a comprehensive, individualized approach can help individuals better manage their condition and maintain overall well-being.

Physical activity has been proven to reduce symptoms, slow progression, and support individuals in maintaining or improving their quality of life. U-Turn Parkinson’s is the only organization offering condition-specific exercise programs, free of charge, to the Parkinson’s community in Manitoba.