How ‘exergaming’ can help people with Parkinson’s
A 10-year study has provided evidence suggesting that starting to exercise following a diagnosis with Parkinson’s can delay the disease progression.
Patients were put on an exercise bike program that included built in on-screen games for motivation. This exercise regimen went on for 6 months at a rate of 3 times a week for around 30 minutes.
Results have shown that the effects of aerobic exercise and Levodopa (muscle control drug) are analogous when it comes to overall motor signs in Parkinson’s patients.
They study teams are now considering testing a more thorough and prolonged exercise regimen aimed at slowing Parkinson’s down. They also plan to study its effects on other conditions as well.
The exact mode of action of the brain on the neurodegenerative process after applying ‘exergaming’ is still unknown, which is why researchers plan to study its effect on the brain for a longer period of time.