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Are there exercises that can help those with Parkinson’s disease?

Residents and members exercising at Williamsburg Landing’s William A. Doig Health Club & Spa

Recent advances in research have shown that exercise plays an important role in maintaining and improving the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Evidence-based exercise programs specifically for people with PD can be a very effective way of combating some of the symptoms of this movement disorder, such as slowness of movement and postural instability.

Exercises that promote improving aerobic capacity and skills optimize quality of life and real world function. The “PWR!Moves®” skill training program created by Dr. Becky Farley helps maintain and restore skills that have deteriorated which can interfere with every day movement.

There are four basic moves in this training program and each one is designed to improve a specific functional task. All of these moves are performed with large amplitude, high effort and done in five different positions: standing, seated, supine (back), prone (stomach), and all fours (hands and knees).

  • PWR! Up: improves anti-gravity extension and posture
  • PWR! Rock: works on weight shifting for better balance and mobility
  • PWR! Twist: combats rigidity and improves axial mobility
  • PWR! Step: helps to improve transitional movements (turning, getting into a seated position)
Williamsburg Landing residents enjoying exercise on stationary bikes

Exercise should be seen as a treatment for PD, not just a recommendation, as it has so many physical, cognitive and emotional benefits.

Williamsburg Landing’s William A. Doig Health Club & Spa was designed specifically for those 62 and older. Staff integrate the techniques of the PWR!Moves® skill training program for Williamsburg Landing residents and community members.

Membership is available to the Greater Williamsburg community. For more information please contact:

Brittnee Cason, Director of Wellness
William A. Doig Health Club & Spa
Williamsburg Landing

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