According to Jane E. Brody for The New York Times on January 26, 2015, researchers are discovering that exercise can be medicine for those with PD.
“Polish researchers demonstrated that HIIT (High Intensity Training) could alleviate the rigidity and excessive muscle tone that makes it difficult for Parkinson’s disease patients to move their arms and legs. The researchers, from the University School of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland, showed in 11 patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s symptoms that eight weeks of HIIT, three times a week, on a stationary bike had a global benefit, improving both lower and upper body function.
Reductions in rigidity and stiffness correlated with an increase in a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which the researchers suggested could have stimulated the growth and function of nerves normally influenced by dopamine, the neurotransmitter that declines in Parkinson’s*."
However, more funding is needed for research in this area. That's where Shake It Off steps in. Please consider making a donation today.