Forced Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Do you have Parkinson’s Disease?

Learn how Phil Kroeker is using forced exercise and the Theracycle to deal with PD.

After Phil was diagnosed with PD in 2009, he decided to deal with it head on. He didn’t waste any time feeling sorry for himself or wallowing in the fact that he Parkinsons. Phil did his homework and found the amazing research that undertaken by Cleveland Clinic biomedical engineer, Jay Alberts, PhD.

The results of the study are remarkable and you are encourged to read about them here. Read an except off the Theracycle website on:

Forced Exercise Parkinson’s Study: Using the Theracycle Motorized Exercise Bicycle for Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

Patients in the forced exercise group had on average a 30-percent improvement in their symptoms, as opposed to the patients in the voluntary exercise group. Two weeks after the study had ended, patients in the forced exercise group still havd about a 20-percent improvement. According to Dr. Alberts, patients with medication typically have slightly less improvement. And with deep brain stimulation, patients have between about 30 and 40 percent improvement, which is about the same.

But as he points out, “If you stop taking medication, the disease symptoms come back within a few hours, and these often have side effects. And with deep brain stimulation, you turn the stimulator off and the symptoms come back almost immediately.” He says he’s excited by the fact that the symptomatic improvement from tandem exercise is sustained for weeks. He does add that he doesn’t see tandem exercise as something that would replace deep brain stimulation but instead could be used as an adjunct.

Phil is so serious about keeping Parkinsons Disease symptons at bay they he decided to buy a Theracycle and also become a representative of the company to sell them to others.

If you are interested in the results Phil has been seeing with his Theracycle, feel free to reach out and talk with Phil. He would enjoy talking with you You can reach him at 719.481-3690 or simply email him using the form to the right.



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