No-contact boxing is a great full-body workout for just about anyone, but experts have found that boxing can actually benefit many people with neurological disorders, specifically, Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disease in the brain that triggers unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, dizziness, stiffness, difficulties with speaking, fatigue, loss of coordination, and falling.
While there is no cure or way to stop symptoms from occurring, researchers believe that high-intensity exercise can slow the progression of Parkinson’s by promoting neurological changes in the brain, as well as improve patients’ confidence. Boxing for Parkinson’s helps people improve their coordination, agility, and balance. It is a physical way to fight back against Parkinson’s.
Once it was recognized that there could be a benefit for people with Parkinson’s to practice boxing, the Boxing for Parkinson’s program through Rock Steady Boxing Orange County was created. The program implemented high-intensity exercise with strength and cardiovascular conditioning so that participants don’t take punches, they only throw them while focusing on agility and balance while avoiding overexertion.
Boxing also seems to help with other neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and people who have experienced a stroke.
It has been suggested that boxing could be beneficial to Parkinson’s patients in the early to middle stages of the disease, and less helpful as the disease progresses.
As with any physical activity, it is recommended that any individual with Parkinson’s speak with their doctor before engaging in boxing, however Rock Steady Boxing also requires a doctor’s release form before participating.
If you are starting to develop signs of Parkinson’s disease, reach out to the Orange County Rock Steady Boxing location taught by champion boxer and Rock Steady trained boxing teacher, Gary Ballard at (714) 914-3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.