Parkinson's, a degenerative disorder, inhibits a person's ability to
control movement. Its most common symptoms include tremors, slowness of
movement, rigidity and poor balance.
The Parkinson Center of the Oregon Health and Science University in
Portland held a Pilates pilot program earlier this year,
and after it found improvement in the participants' rigidity and
balance it launched a twice-weekly class open to the public.
Instructors say the basic principal of Pilates — increasing core
strength and improving flexibility and balance — is extremely helpful
in countering the effects of Parkinson's in some people.
"A lot of times exercise is as much for the head as it is for the
body," said John White of Corvallis, Ore. "To feel like you can help
yourself in some way is really important."
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