Stiffness and rigidity are cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s. That’s why it’s important to stretch as much of your body as possible, even your fingers and toes. This video will help you get some of the great benefits of stretching:

  1. Increased Circulation: Stretching increases the blood flow and supply of nutrients to muscles and cartilage. This reduces muscle soreness after working out.
  2. Increased Flexibility: With Parkinson’s, your muscles gradually become shorter and tighter, reducing your overall flexibility. This restriction makes you more susceptible to muscle, tendon and joint injuries. Stretching can improve flexibility and reduce the risks of injury. Increased flexibility also allows you to exercise more easily.
  3. Increased Range of Motion: Stretching has been shown to effectively increase the range of motion in your joints. Better range of motion enables you to keep better balance. Better balance means you are less susceptible to falls.
  4. Reduced Stress: Stretching has powerful stress-busting abilities. In addition to the negative mental effects of stress, it can also cause your muscles to contract and become tense.
  5. Alleviate Lower Back Pain: Since many muscles contribute to your posture, stretching these muscles has the ability to greatly reduce or eliminate lower back pain.

Be aware that movement during flexibility exercises may lead to a loss of balance. Have a chair or counter handy if you need it for the standing stretches. And remember – go slow and use controlled movements!