11 May Yoga Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is a common neurodegenerative disorder affecting patients in large numbers throughout the world. Mainly caused by progressive damage to the brain over many years, the condition shows symptoms of spontaneous shaking of body parts of the body, decelerating movement and stiffness in muscles. People suffering from Parkinson’s also experience depression and anxiety. They experience loss of balance, sleep and memory. It remains the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and most common movement disorder. Its onset is usually seen in people older than 60 years of age. Yoga therapy for Parkinson’s seems to be the call of the hour.
It is estimated that around 30 million people in India suffer from various forms of neurological diseases. Yet, the awareness about various forms of neurological disorders is appallingly low. Mostly people suffering from these disorders often end up being teased and stigmatised. In certain cases this results in aggravating the problem.
There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, but you can get to the essential details of Yoga therapy for Parkinson’s to help manage the symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease Common Symptoms Include
- Anxiety and depression
- Lack of control over the extremities (movement of hands and legs)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Deteriorating physical health
- Likelihood of dementia (dementia means a decline in memory or other thinking skills)
Yoga is a way of life. Classical Yoga provides an alternative method to manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Several types of research confirmed that the individualised progress in Yoga postures with regular training showed enhanced motor scores and developed gait parameters. Yoga enhances muscle mobility, balance and lower-extremity functions.
Yoga therapy for Parkinson’s management common overview-
Diet plays a crucial role few common pointers that help-
- Eat on time. Chew food properly.
- Sattvic home-cooked meals
- Increase the intake of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Include high-fibre foods such as vegetables, cooked peas and beans (legumes), whole-grain foods, cereals, rice, and fresh fruit in your diet. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Keep the body well hydrated.
- Avoid processed and refined foods. Try to avoid nerve stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate.
Yoga Pranayama are vitally important as they improve the breathing capacities and help to focus. They bring about mental and stability. The neuromuscular system is immensely benefited, and motor functions are developed. Yogendra Pranayamas are ideally suited and recommended for tackling these symptoms of Parkinson’s. Yogendra Pranayama I, II, III and IV should be regularly practised.
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Yogendra Asanas recommended are Talasana (avoid going on toes); Yastikasana; Parvatasana; Suptvakrasana and Hastapadangustasana. These are simple yet very effective yoga poses to improve the neuromuscular coordination and improve range of motion.
The holistic benefit of Yoga therapy for Parkinson’s include-
- Increase motor functions, muscle flexibility and increased range of motion
- The circulatory system is benefits
- Enhances positive emotions
- Improves alertness of mind and memory
- Have better balance
- Awareness of their gait and less prone to shuffling their feet
- Relief from symptoms such as rigidity and fatigue
- Improvement in quality of life
- Decreasing the fear of falling and risk for injury
- Cultivating the ability to engage better in everyday tasks
- Increasing the opportunity to socialise and interact with others
Yoga therapy for Parkinson’s management can be very recuperative and rejuvenating. It is essential to find a qualified and experienced yoga teacher with an in-depth of knowledge about what works and what does not for individuals with the disease. Also necessary to consult and keep your physician updated about the yoga postures and appropriate exercises.
So is yoga only a complete cure-all? Not quite, Yoga is a preventive holistic way of living. Yoga does not claim to cure any condition. But indeed it is a life-transforming option for more than most people to experience holistic way of living and dealing with Parkinson’s.
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