Parkinson's Disease

Frequently Asked Questions

21. Can exercise help with Parkinson's disease?

Exercise can help people with Parkinson's disease improve their mobility and flexibility. It can also improve their emotional well-being. Some doctors prescribe physical therapy or muscle-strengthening exercises to tone muscles and to put underused and rigid muscles through a full range of motion.

Exercises also improve balance, helping people minimize gait problems, and can strengthen certain muscles so that people can speak and swallow better.

The effects of exercise on disease progression are not known, but it may improve body strength so that the person is less disabled.