Category Archives: Exercise and Parkinson’s

Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease

Walter Mady discusses the importance of Physical Therapy for the Parkinson’s disease patient and the factors that have made the biggest difference in addressing his own Parkinson’s symptoms.

  • Walter Mady has been a Physical Therapist for 28 years in the private sector.  Physical Therapists are healthcare specialists utilizing their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, therapeutic exercise, and ADL modifications when treating the Parkinson’s disease patient.
  • He specializes in manual therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, and is a specialist in exercise recreationally and therapeutically
  • Walter was diagnosed in 2008 with Parkinson’s Disease..
  • He will discuss and stress the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Walter Mady []

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

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Macrobiotics: Natural Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease

My guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio today was Warren Kramer from Macrobiotics of New England who discussed what is involved with a successful macrobiotic practice for Parkinson’s and why it is so powerful in improving one’s health. Click on the arrow below to hear this useful and amazing interview today:

 Macrobiotics Natural Treatment of Parkinson’s
Warren discussed how to tailor the macrobiotic approach to address symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He also previewed what foods are best to avoid and to incorporate. Interested in natural remedies to address your symptoms? He offers several natural home remedies and lifestyle factors to consider.
  • Do you have tremors? Warren has some awesome suggestions for  you.
  • Do you have mobility issues? Warren also has some awesome suggestions for you too.

Topics discussed during the interview included:

1) Where does macrobiotics come from?
2) What is the difference between what a dietitian would suggest and you?
3) Why is macrobiotics effective in healing?
4) How do lifestyle factors play a role in healing?
5) What are the most important foods that a person with Parkinson’s should avoid?
6) What foods to include?
7) What are natural home remedies? What can help Parkinson’s?

Robert Rodgers PhD
Olympia Washington
Parkinsons Recovery
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

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Solutions for Parkinson’s Symptoms

On Parkinsons Recovery Radio today. Fred Phillips offered his insights into how he gets immediate relief from a variety of his Parkinson’s symptoms.  His solutions for Parkinson’s symptoms are novel and profound. Do you ever have difficulty when walking with:

  • Freezing?
  • Standing up?
  • Shuffling?
  • Slowness?
  • Leg Cramps?

If so, I strongly recommend that You listen to my interview with Fred today. Click the arrow below to hear the replay. Fred has discovered some powerful, yet simple solutions to these
symptoms that have helped him enormously.

One of now over 70 pioneers of recovery I have hosted on Parkinsons Recovery radio, Fred also previews his 10 step protocol for recovery.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease




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Process of Recovery from Parkinson’s Symptoms

I interviewed Tom House today on the radio show.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about five years ago. Tom has a unique perspective on the “process” of recovery. Note that I used the word “process” not “outcome”. Tom explains that when athletes focus on the “outcome” they want – i.e., winning the game – their performance sinks and they are more likely to lose.

The outcome is not what matters, but the process. Of course people diagnosed with Parkinson’s want to see all symptoms dissolve. To make that happen however, the focus needs to be on the present moment activities and behaviors that in the end make that outcome possible.

This is why mindfulness programs are so successful for people with Parkinson’s.  They focus on process rather than outcomes.

My Interview with Former Major League Pitcher Tom House

P.S. Have you heard? I  just released the 2017 update to Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Parkinsons Recovery




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Slightly Used Theracyle for Sale

Here is a notice about a Theracyle for sale. COntact Bob Jones if interested.

Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease 

“My wife has Parkinson’s, and to help her stay in fighting shape, we purchased a brand-new Theracycle 200 less than a year ago. But in the meantime, her lower back problems became more serious, so now we’re looking for someone to take the Theracycle off our hands. The bike is fully operational, and has hardly been touched. We’re asking $2500. I’d be very grateful if you were willing to share this information with your friends there on the internet.”

Thanks very much.

Bob Jones

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Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease Tips

How often should I exercise and what type of exercise is best for persons currently experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

Hear my response to this question which was posed on the Sunday Connections Program sponsored by Parkinsons Recovery by clicking on the purple arrow below.  It is now well established that exercise is beneficial for the general population. Exercise has all of the same beneficial effects of people with Parkinson’s disease as it does on healthy individuals. In addition, it can help to alleviate some of the negative signs and symptoms of the disease such as bradykinesia. It can also reduce tremor.

The radio show that I mentioned in my response to this question was with Dr. Daniel Corcos, Ph.D.  who is Chair of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Director of the Neural Control Of Movement Laboratory at UIC. On the radio show Dr. Corcos discusses  the various forms of exercise that are ideal for persons currently experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease

Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease Tips


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Best Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

What is the Best Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease?

Everyone by now has heard that exercise provides welcome relief from many of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.  Most people want to know more. What is the best exercise for Parkinson’s disease? Is it aerobics which involves activities like spinning, running on a treadmill or a track? Is it resistance exercise through lifting heavier and heavier weights? Is it Tai Chi or Qigong which improves balance?

I am out of breath just listing the choices and I am just sitting right now! To make the decisions even more challenging, how much of each type of exercise should you do every week?

This week’s guest on  my radio show was Dr. Daniel Corcos has seasoned answers to these questions. Dr. Corcos has studied the impact of exercise on the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for the past several decades. He recommends that doing all three types of exercise during the week will yield the most impressive results.

Yes, it takes a little extra time every week. Yes, it can be  tiring. And yes, it will help you feel a lot better. The recent study just published by Dr. Corcos reports a dazzling improvement in symptoms as a result of resistance exercise.

I encourage everyone to take 45 minutes out of your week to hear my radio show interview with Dr. Corcos:

Exciting Research Opportunity

During my radio show this week Dr. Corcos announced an exciting opportunity for people to participate in a research study which will evaluate the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s symptoms. He is recruiting volunteers who have never taken medications that happen to live in Chicago, Pittsburgh or Denver. Please help us spread the word. This is a spectacular opportunity for people to help themselves as well as others who currently experience the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Contact Dr. Corsos to apply: Daniel Corcos []

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Olympia, Washington

P.S.:: Only one day left to claim your 25% discount on orders of the Parkinsons Recovery Summit videos of the Santa Fe Presentations in February, 2013


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Exercise and Parkinson’s – What Type is Best?

Everyone knows by now that exercise and Parkinson’s is a  healthy formula. Exercise helps alleviate the symptoms that are associated with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. I have hosted a series of renown researchers on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio Show over the past five years who have exposed on its benefits and virtues. It is clear you will see improvements in your health on some level when you exercise. Everyone needs to exercise if they are serious about recovery.OK. But …

Let’s get down to practicalities here. What type of exercise is best for people who currently experience Parkinson’s symptoms? Is it aerobic exercise which strengthens the heart and immune system? Or, is it resistance exercise that involves lifting weights? Is it advisable to lift heavier and heavier weights? Or, is exercise that improves balance the best option for people with Parkinson’s symptoms through accessing a modality like Tai Chi or Qigong or dance?

How often should you exercise – every day? Or, every week? Or …? When you really get down to practicalities it gets complicated.

Daniel Corcos, Ph.D., is my guest on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio show this Wednesday (May 22nd). Dr Corcos answers all of these questions and more! After three decades of conducting research on exercise and Parkinson’s he is one man who has the answers to all of these questions.

Listen to the show live Wednesday or listen to the recording later. All of my radio shows from the past five years are archived and free to access at anytime of the day or night. This is one of the many free services that are sponsored by Parkinsons Recovery. The radio show page is:

OK – so you have never liked to exercise? Dr. Corcos has some suggestions for you too!

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Olympia, Washington


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Foot Whispering or Fitness Program?

Do you elect to access recovery through Randy Eady’s foot whispering or through the Delay the Disease fitness program? You will have to make a choice at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit regarding which of these two options you will learn much more about. As you can see below, they are offered at the same time!

        2:00 – 3:30

Randy Eady


 Barefoot Doctoring:  The Heart of Foot Whispering and Perfecting Posture

Experience the subtle energy elements in Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms that helps to
release toxins and enhance overall health

       2:00 – 3:30

 Jackie Russell



         A Parkinsons Specific
Fitness Program

Parkinson’s specific fitness
program, Delay the Disease, will be an interactive demonstration with tips for the caregiver to help with functional fitness


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Parkinsons Recovery Happens Day By Day: People Get Better

Parkinsons Recovery– People Get Better

I am a recently joined member from England. I am so excited about finding your web site and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. There are no words to express my gratitude and excitement. I am really going to enjoy my recovery as it happens day by day. I have always had a little place inside me that says “I will figure this out”.  Now I have found the way with your help and I have regained my drive.  It is fantastic!

I have had definite symptoms for 12 years though I have been burdening  my mind and body with severe stress for years, mistakenly believing I could handle anything. Then the oak tree collapsed: I was totally exhausted and had no idea. I have been taking requip for 5 years and sinemet for 18 months and am determined to get free of them. I know I will though I don’t know details of the how yet. Don’t worry I shall be very careful and I have a lot of support. I have learned that relationships are even more important than health.

The things I am doing NOW are:

listening to your radio shows lots of exercise,  my dog gets 2 1hr walks per day in beautiful woodland exercise bike stretches and balancing listening to guided meditations really clean healthy diet lots and lots of water singing class nintendo wi writing out and reading poetry aloud eft feldenkrais recording my progress and activities and goals. my writing is loads better already hot and cold showering every day. The EFT Deft is HUGE for me.

I am not the person I was before my symptoms came along. The changes are quite staggering that actually I am a bit overwhelmed and confused. It has helped uncover something of the pay- off I get from having my symptoms – a mega breakthrough.

I found your site, actually the radio downloads on itunes 5 weeks ago and have improved so much already ( from really quite a bad place as the drugs were beginning not to work. They work well now. I have only stared eft in the last week

I was doing something of the above list before but now I have designed myself a programme which is a little bit strict and a little bit flexible. I have decided to stick to working with  this before I look at supplements and more complex things. I want to give my body some time on the basics  – good food, fresh air, mental stimulation, relaxation, fun etc. I have realized how sensitive I am at last. And I forgot to mention I have started detoxing  my environment – so far I have junked all my toiletries for natural ones, and only have about 1/8 what I had before! Now I am working through the cleaning stuff. It feels so good.

I am 55 years young, have a great husband who doesn’t give me too much sympathy and does his own thing, yet is fantastically caring and I have 2 fantastic sons aged  24 and  27. I have a brother who I would do anything for and a sister that I value  and love though I don’t have the same rapport with her.

I have just joined your membership pages today to continue my parkinsons recovery and it is great to get your emails. Encouragement is fab.

The crucial thing you have given me is the knowledge  PEOPLE GET BETTER. Now I know that I am on my way.

With heartfelt thanks


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