Four Tips for Improving Balance

Balance problems are a common symptom of Parkinson’s. If you’re looking for ways to get back in balance, read our expert advice from Fay Horak, PhD, PT, director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory and professor of neurology at OHSU.

1. Check in with a movement disorders specialist.

If you’re trying to improve your balance through exercise, […]

Exercise as Medicine

For many years, we all have known that exercise is an important part of living a healthy, balanced life. Exercise has proven to keep people well from a cardiac, pulmonary, mental and physical standpoint. Over time, the benefit of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has grown with researchers closely studying exactly what […]

Empower yourself through exercise

By Sheryl Jedlinski

I was 10 years old when President John F. Kennedy called Americans’ “growing softness and increasing lack of physical fitness a menace to our security.” It was as if he had pointed his finger directly at me through our tv and called me an enemy of the state. I knew he didn’t […]

Rolling Over

People with Parkinson’s can have difficulty rolling over and getting out of bed. This exercise will help you recognize where you are having problems and build a corrective strategy to overcome them. Rolling patterns also increase hip and back mobility while strengthening the core.

Primitive Functional Movement
Start by laying on a mat face up, with […]

Medicine Ball Chop

People with Parkinson’s can have difficulty in switching movements or accurately completing tasks. The medicine ball chop exercise connects a series of movements to create one task and encourages proper weight shifting and loading onto the hips and feet. It also challenges you to maintain your center of gravity while moving your arms. The […]

Alternating Arm Swing

Uneven and non-swinging arms are a symptom of Parkinson’s that can throw off balance. The alternating arm swing exercise helps you coordinate your movements so that your arms swing in opposition to your legs in a normal walking pattern.

Alternating Arm Swing

Start by placing your hands on your hips with your feet directly under your […]

Multidirectional Lunging

Freezing is when a person hesitates or has difficulty initiating that first step or movement. Freezing in people with Parkinson’s is a major contributor to falls. This symptom occurs when anticipating a first step, walking through a doorway or a crowded room, or when attention is diverted. Multidirectional lunging uses big steps in all […]

High Step Hurdles

Strengthening the hip muscles and improving reaction time can help with falls. The high step hurdles exercise encourages high steps that require balance and adjusting body movements. For this exercise you can purchase a commercial hurdle or use a shoebox or other household item that is 6 to 9 inches tall.

Start with your […]

Kettlebell Swing

Aerobic exercise is important for overall health. But finding an exercise that you can do at home that challenges your heart and lungs can be difficult. The kettlebell swing gets your heart rate going while also working the muscles in your hips and lower back. For this exercise, you can use a kettlebell or […]

Superman Exercise

Getting up and down from the ground is essential for health and independence. The superman exercise helps you practice getting up and down from the ground while also strengthening your back muscles. Make sure to keep your lower belly contracted to keep your back from overextending.

At your own pace, lower yourself down to […]