Dance Movement Therapy for people with Parkinsons
Dance encourages fluidity of movement and helps to improve balance, studies have shown that it can reduce the pain and stiffness associated with Parkinson’s.
People with the condition can function better when their motor systems are activated by cues such as music and rhythm. Dance can help to avoid freezing episodes and develop movement strategies, it improves endurance and flexibility and distracts from fatigue.
In addition to the physical element, dance and movement provide a cognitive component too. Medicines can’t always do as much as we would like, in dance people practice multitasking and move in a way that is fun and engaging. The combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation can bring improvements in everyday activities and outlook on life.