When I'm riding two things happen -  I forget about my Parkinson's and I actually feel like symptoms, such as my tremor, improves.

I’m riding from Adelaide to Rockhampton to raise money so that other people living with Parkinson's without the ability to cycle out on the open road can also feel this good by creating a cycling program at Parkinson's SA for people with differing movement and physical abilities – including stationary tandem bikes, regular exercise bikes and a theracycle which is motorised bike specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s who are unable to cycle unassisted.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 and cycling is something that I continue to do to help manage my symptoms.

Research in the US and here in South Australia shows that cycling at high cadence (80-90 RPM) for 45 minutes, three times a week had an improvement in symptoms.

How does exercise change the brain?

Researchers at the University of Southern California (Fisher et al.) looked at the brains of the mice that had exercised under conditions parallel to a human treadmill study. They found that:

Exercising changed neither the amount of dopamine nor the amount of neurons in the animals’ brains. But in the ones that had exercised, the brain cells were using dopamine more efficiently.. In fact, the brain reshapes itself throughout life in response to experience. Scientists call this ability to change and compensate, experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Parkinson's SA Inc.

We provide direct services to assist people with Parkinson's (PWP) and their families in coping with management problems arising from the condition. We provide information on Parkinson's and community resources which are available to PWP, their families and other involved people. We educate health professionals about managing Parkinson's, and promote public awareness through community education.

 

 

Parkinson’s SA is a not for profit organisation that has provided support and information to people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, their carers, family, the community and health professionals for over 30 years.

We represent and support the 7000 people with Parkinson’s in SA. We are not only available for support at diagnosis and in the early stages, but throughout the progression of the condition.


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