Learn About Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain and causes a progression of symptoms including tremors, slowness of movement, limb rigidity, as well as gait and balance problems. The cause remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. While Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, disease complications can be very serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th cause of death in the United States.

Learn more through the Parkinson’s Foundation

How boxing can help people with Parkinson’s?

Vigorous forms of exercise are proven to help people living with Parkinson’s manage various symptoms of the disease and regain control of their life. Sufferers of PD have found great relief with boxing exercise regimens as it incorporates stretching, punching, core and footwork, vocal exercises, and mental sequencing. Healthcare providers have seen a decrease in their clients’ Parkinson’s symptoms, including an improvement in the Parkinson’s “Movement Disorder Ratings scale”.

balance, and flexibility

Improves gait, balance, and flexibility

combats loss of voice

Combats loss of voice

Simulates neurological activity

Stimulates neurological activity in the brain

combats loss of voice

Improves agility and hand-eye coordination

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Meet P4P Warrior Noelle Connolly

Meet P4P Warrior Noelle Connolly

Warrior Success StoriesHometown: West Roxbury, MA Home Gym: DTS"After 5 months of participating in P4P my neurologist and physical therapist have seen major improvement neurologically and physically."P4P Warrior Noelle Connolly What are your symptoms? I experience a...

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Meet P4P Warrior Julie Burke

Meet P4P Warrior Julie Burke

Warrior Success StoriesHometown: West Roxbury, MA Age Diagnosed with Parkinson's: 45 Home Gym: 110 Fitness"I teach fifth grade and I notice a difference in my handwriting the next day after intense exercise. My brain is more clear and I’m just generally happier."P4P...

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Meet P4P Warrior Michelle Labadie

Meet P4P Warrior Michelle Labadie

Warrior Success StoriesHometown: Norwell, MA Age Diagnosed with Parkinson's: 49 Home Gym: 110 Fitness"Boxing has decreased my symptoms and improved my overall health"P4P Warrior Michelle Labadie What are your symptoms? Rigidity /stiffness Tremors Dyskinesia How did...

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