KNOXVILLE (WATE) – April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month and an exercise program is helping patients through boxing.
Title Boxing Club offers Rock Steady boxing classes for people with the disease. Rock Steady Boxing provides a non-contact form of exercise. Participants get to focus on intensity and have variety in training without hitting a person.Related:Knoxville caregivers offer help with Parkinson’s Disease
Boxers will workout their arms, legs and torso. During the program, participants will work on balance, coordination, speed, agility, power, focus, rhythm and core strength.
Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. People with any stage of the disease can attend.
One million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease and 60,000 are diagnosed each year, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
The illness is a movement disorder which becomes worse over time. According to PDF, doctor’s do not know a cause for the disease. People with the illness suffer from the decrease of the production of dopamine in the brain. This causes the inability to control movements.
There are multiple signs of the illness:
- shaking or tremors when at rest
- slowness of movement (bradykinseia)
- stiffness or rigidity of the arms, legs or trunk
- trouble with balance and falls (postural instability)