(Mirror Daily, United States) – According to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology, it looks like physical therapy is not helpful for Parkinson’s patients after all.
It’s interesting to learn that exercising could actually fail to help you in some cases, after everyone keeps advising you to exercise. Although it has been proven that physical exercises could help a person be healthy and keep their health and even reduce the risk of developing certain conditions, it has failed to pass the test when it came to Parkinson’s.
The study included 762 participants who had mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s who were split into two groups. One group had 58 minute sessions of physical and occupational therapy, while the others had none. At the end of the study the results showed no differences between the participants in the two groups.
The subjects from the group who did the physical therapy did not show any improvement in the way they could perform daily tasks. However, it should be noted that the patients who participated in the study had mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s and according to their doctors they did not need physical therapy.
The study was conducted with the purpose of showing if the resources going into physical therapy are somehow wasted. Although this doesn’t necessarily shows they are wasted, researchers believe the resources should be allocated mostly to patients with more advanced stages of Parkinson’s.
On the other hand, a scientist reviewing the trial says that although the findings showed physical therapy may not bring any improvements to patients in early stages of the disease, physical exercise should not be disregarded.
Since physical and occupational therapy are used successfully in more advanced patients, starting early might prove to be a plus. If physicians manage to convince their patients to start exercising regularly, following a certain path of exercises which will help their mobility, then if they are in an early stage of Alzheimer’s, they might be able to stay there, and the disease would advance a lot slower.
Therefore, despite the fact that the patients in the study did not show any improvement after physical therapy, the study was covering a very short period of time, only 3 months. So, it should be safe to assume that exercising on a daily basis for a long period of time could show improvements in the way Parkinson’s patients perform simple daily activities.
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