Leslie Knox

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 09:26

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects 1 million to 2 million people in the US.

Closer to home, there are about 16 Parkinson’s diagnoses a year in the City of Greenville and about 122 diagnoses a year in Greenville County. The YMCA of Greenville is committed to offering an evidence-based wellness program to serve those living with Parkinson’s disease in our service area.  

After a consulting call with Dr. Fredy Revilla with the Neurological Institute at Greenville Health System, we were able to determine that the PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) Moves training and certification is the best option to bring to our organization. 

We have sent more than 20 highly credentialed and experienced wellness staff had the opportunity to participate in the weekend-long training teaching us how to work one on one or in a group setting with Parkinson’s disease patients. Shortly after, we hosted another training teaching us how to develop and provide an indoor cycling format for this population and thus, PWR! And Pedaling for Parkinson’s was born.

This addition to our Wellness Works Rx platform and group exercise schedule is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to optimize their physical function and help delay the progression of symptoms.  

Research in the area of Parkinson’s disease indicates that exercise has been shown to improve self-confidence and independence, decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility. The first phase of our program will be an indoor cycling format that will include PWR! Introductory Moves. Classes are ongoing and participants may join at any time after completing an initial Wellness Works Rx appointment that allows us to do a brief assessment and a bike setting initiation.  

Why indoor cycling with PWR! Moves?
Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at an optimal pace of 80-90 revolutions per minute. Combined with the PWR! Moves we can focus on “counteracting inactivity, motor deterioration, and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.” 

While this is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be described as such, there is compelling evidence that it can make a real difference for many who try it.

Our mission as we seek to serve this population:

  • To improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers.
  • To educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
  • To support research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Who is this for?  Participants who:

  • Are diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease
  • Complete and provide a signed consent form and a medical clearance form from your physician

How much does it cost?