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Ms Shaminian Balakrishnan, Physiotherapist from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, demonstrates some exercises which patients with Parkinson’s can do twice daily to improve mobility.

Mobility exercises for Parkinson's disease patients 

 
Sit upright on the edge of a chair. Straighten one leg, keeping the heel on the ground. Bend from the hip, keeping the back and knee straight, and touch the toes. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left. Do five sets.

 

Stand up straight, and hold a stick horizontally in front of you. Without bending the elbows or moving the legs, turn 90 degrees to one side, then the other. Repeat 15 times.

  

Stand with feet slightly apart. Raise both hands, with thumbs pointing up, reaching as high as possible. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 15 times.

 

Sit up straight. Place hands at side of head with all digits facing back. Stretch elbows apart and as far back as possible. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat five times.

  

Stand in front of a low step. Keeping weight supported on left leg, lift right foot onto the step, holding on to a firm support if necessary. Repeat on the other side. Do 10 sets.

Find out how exercise benefits Parkinson's disease patients.

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