Parkinsons and “training BIG”

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This post comes from the Medscape newsletter (so I can’t copy and paste due to copyright), and unfortunately it is a report on a presentation from the Movement Disorder Society 14th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Buenos Aires, and no paper is available yet.

Georg Ebersbach, MD (Movement Disorders Clinic, Beelitz-Heilstatten, Germany) presented their study which compared a four-week program between three groups: Nordic walking, home exercises, and LVST BIG training (repetitive high-amplitude motions). The BIG program resulted in better improvements in motor performance than the either the walking or HEP. The outcome measure was the UPDRS and they also used the TUG and 10m walk, which were assessed at baseline and then at 16 weeks. However, there was no difference in QoL between the groups. Further study is needed to validate the results, but this study provides further evidence for BIG and hopefully further impetus for researchers to pursue this line of work.

[NB – I’ve only recently become aware of LVST BIG so I’m not familiar with the specifics, but it makes sense and the theory behind it as well as clinical application are presented in school]

Photo credit: boy bouncing a big blue ball – _MG_6996, originally uploaded by sean dreilinger

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