Exercise empowers people with Parkinson's disease have better control of their body. Check out these mobility exercises as demonstrated by Ms Shaminian Balakrishnan, a physiotherapist from Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
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Ms Shaminian Balakrishnan, Physiotherapist from the
Department of Physiotherapy at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, demonstrates exercises which people with Parkinson’s can do
twice daily to improve mobility.
Mobility exercises for Parkinson's
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.
More exercises for Parkinson's
1. Exercises to improve balance
2. Exercises to improve
3. Exercises to improve
4. Tips to
move better with Parkinson's
SingHealth would like to thank the
Parkinson Society Singapore (PSS) for their support in the production of these videos.
See page 1 for
speech therapy can help people with Parkinson's.
See page 2 for
music therapy can help people with Parkinson's.
See page 3 for
how exercise can help minimise Parkinson symptoms.
See the next page for the
benefits of leisure activities for people with Parkinson's.
Check out other articles on Parkinson's disease:
Myths About Parkinson's
Parkinson's: Early Signs and Symptoms
What to Do When Parkinson's Strikes
Parkinson Treatment: How Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Works