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Parkinson’s Exercise 2017-06-23T03:42:49+00:00

Listen to what some of our clients and referring doctors say:
I have had Parkinson’s disease for the last 20 yrs. Parkinson’s disease presents many challenges. I am still able to walk, play golf and be fully independent. This is all because of working with Dr. Michael York. His exercise regime has not only helped me tremendously physically but has kept me mentally fit. I am still driving. Michael has a lot of knowledge because of his background in personal training and Chiropractic. My toes would curl up and it was difficult to walk. But as always Michael came up with an exercise plan and got me walking again. Every hurdle I faced, Michael helped me overcome it. He is very kind, gentle and patient and works diligently with me. I had tried many other personal trainers before I met Michael, but he is the best. I personally feel, I owe my independence and quality of life to him. He has worked hard along with me to get me where I am.
KS

The difference between Mike and others is that he has an understanding of overall health and wellness due to his background. I trust my patients with him and I know he will help them individually meet their goals.
Dr. Alyssa Bissonnette, DPT- Lead Physical therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy, West Roxbury and LSVT BIG certified.

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Do you or someone you love suffer from Parkinson’s disease? Are you ready to take control of your diagnosis? Parkinson’s disease is challenging but the team at F3 Fitness can create a personal workout plan to help ease symptoms. We work with a team of chiropractors and personal trainers with backgrounds in health care. These professionals understand your symptoms and limitations and will devise a plan that works with you, not against you.

The team at F3 Fitness understands the importance of exercise for those suffering from debilitating diseases, such as Parkinson’s. As those with this illness understand, it’s progressive, so having someone on your side who understands where you are in the disease is a crucial element to a fitness program.

Exercise is a key component in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Research has shown that regular exercise has the following benefits:

  • improves mobility
  • decreases stiffness
  • improves motor signs (balance, rigidity, walking tremor, freeze attacks, uncontrollable and slow movement)
  • improves brain function
  • may have a neuroprotective effect on the brain

There are many research studies showing the benefits of regular exercise for Parkinson’s patients. One study is the Parkinson’s Outreach Project conducted by the National Parkinson Foundation. This study was conducted on over 3000 patients, and the evidence was overwhelmingly conclusive that exercise is vital to controlling Parkinson’s disease symptoms. They found that people who started exercising earlier got more benefit than those that started later in the disease progression. They also found that increasing physical activity to at least 2.5 hours per week slows the decline in quality of life. The earlier a patient starts to exercise after diagnosis, the better chance they have of keeping their function and independence. “This is great news that people can have a positive impact on the course of their own disease,” said Joyce Oberdorf, NPF”s President and CEO. “It is tremendously empowering.”

We also work with patients later on in their diagnosis and work with physical therapists to provide the absolute best care possible.

Not all exercise is created equal. While all exercise is beneficial, combining aerobic, balance, and stability with resistance training together give greater benefits. We also incorporate natural movement patterns. We recognize that no two people are the same and we tailor our workouts to address your specific needs. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have had Parkinson’s for 20 years, now’s a great time to start exercising.

So what makes us different?

Our lead trainer, Dr. Mike York, is both a health care professional, personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach. By combining his rehab and fitness skills he knows how to properly challenge the patient. He also utilizes the research to make sure his workouts combine aerobics, strength, balance, stability and core exercises. He brings in healthy movement patterns to challenge individuals to change tempo, activity or direction. And most importantly, when a person’s symptoms change he can modify the workouts to address those issues.

Not ready to share your diagnosis with the whole world? We understand that. Only your trainer will know your diagnosis. Your privacy is paramount to us. Don’t wait any longer, start today. Contact F3 Fitness to start on our customized workout schedule today.

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