December 27, 2011

Exercise has many benefits, and for Parkinson’s disease patients, it may serve an even larger purpose than merely maintaining fitness. Parkinson’s researcher, Dr. Jay L. Alberts, discovered that, after taking a tandem bike ride with a Parkinson’s patient, some of the patient’s movement control symptoms seemed to temporarily disappear.

Further research seems to indicate that it isn’t just voluntary exercise that has a good effect on the brain. In fact, forced exercise may alleviate even more symptoms than activities that a patient chooses to do.

To find out more about Dr. Alberts’ research and the positive effects of forced exercise with Parkinson’s patients, read this eye-opening article from the New York Times.