The effect of exercise on balance: Emphasis on women diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Date
2017-02
Authors
Rigby, B. Rhett
Davis, Ronald
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Publisher
Journal of Gynecology and Women's Health
Abstract

The motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease include tremors, dyskinesis, rigidity, and posture and gait abnormalities. The incidence, prevalence and mortality rates of the disease are lower in women compared to men, possibly due to the neuroprotective role of estrogen. Aerobic, resistance and flexibility exercise protocols may be effective at improving the functional limitations, including balance, that are a result of the inherent pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. Resistance exercise that targets lower torso, pelvic and leg muscles elicits strength changes that allows for better control of posture and balance, thereby potentially lessening chronic fatigue and preventing falls. **This article was published with the assistance of the Texas Woman's University Libraries Open Access Fund. The original article can be found at: https://doi.org/10.19080/JGWH.2017.02.555592

Description
Article originally published in Journal of Gynecology and Women's Health, 2(4). English. Published online 2017. https://doi.org/10.19080/jgwh.2017.02.555592
Keywords
Parkinson’s disease, Women, Female, Exercise, Balance, Aerobic, Resistance, Balance, Fatigue, Bone mineral density
Citation
This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.19080/jgwh.2017.02.555592. Recommended citation: Rigby, B. R., & Davis, R. (2017). The effect of exercise on balance: Emphasis on women diagnosed with parkinson’s disease. Journal of Gynecology and Women's Health, 2(4). This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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