Rock Steady Boxing ~ Fight Parkinson’s in North Attleboro.
Did you know there’s a way for people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back in our community?
Rock Steady Boxing is a first-of-its-kind organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Patients at all levels of symptom progression are seeing improved motor function as a result of intense non-contact, boxing style exercise. We’re proud to say that Rock Steady Boxing Beauties & Beasts has joined the fight against Parkinson’s disease right here in North Attleboro and Taunton!
Medical research is proving early validation of the effects of forced or intense exercise:
- Combs, Stephanie A., Diehl, M. Dyer, Staples, William H., Conn, Lindsay, Davis, Kendra, Lewis, Nicole, Schaneman, Katie. Boxing Training for Patients With Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Series. Physical Therapy, Vol. 91 – No. 1, pp.1-11, January 2011
- Hirsch, M. A., Farley, B.G. Exercise and neuroplasticity in persons living with Parkinson’s disease. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation, Vol.45 – No. 2, pp.215-228, June 2009.
- Ahlskog, Ph.D. M.D. J. Eric. Does vigorous exercise have a neuroprotective effect in Parkinson disease? American Academy of Neurology, Neurology 2011, pp 288-294, July 27, 2011.
- Ridgel, Angela L., Vitek, Jerrold L., Alberts, Jay L. Forced, Not Voluntary, Exercise Improves Motor Function in Parkinson’s Disease Patients. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, vol. 23 – No. 6, pp 600-608, July/August, 2009.
In the words of the neurological specialists…
- “We’re optimistic that exercise may be having the effect of slowing the course of Parkinson’s disease.” S. Elizabeth Zauber, Indiana University Neurology, Movement Disorder Specialist
- “Twenty-five percent of my patients come from Rock Steady… the changes to their speech, to their cognition, are much slower in those patients. They don’t get worse as quickly, and they tend to be better cognitively for longer.” – Jessica Huber, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Associate Professor, Purdue University
- “The results from Rock Steady are awesome and impressive…We have evidence that aerobic exercise of any kind can reverse or slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease. I am thumbs up because it works. People are happier and they are doing better with it.” – Michael Sermersheim, JWM Neurology
We have included a sample brochure with the details of the Rock Steady Boxing Beauties & Beasts program and we would be glad to provide these brochures for you to share with your patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It’s an easy way to tell them about this innovative program that will give them a way to “fight back.”
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions, need more information or brochures.
We’d love for you to be our partner in this fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Dena Paolino, Tiffany Wetherbee and Peter Manfredo
Striking Beauties Fighting and Fitness University