Parkinson’s Studies

Small Group Customized Exercise!

Private and customized Nordic Walking classes and group walking sessions are available for any individual, support group or medical facility.

Sessions will be customized based on interest and activity level for the individual or group participants. Warm-up, cool-down and stretching can be included in classes and walking sessions.

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Follow the links to the study abstracts.

Nordic walking improves mobility in Parkinson’s disease.

Nordic walking may improve mobility in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Here, we examined whether the beneficial effects persist after the training period.

These preliminary findings suggest that Nordic walking could provide a safe, effective, and enjoyable way to reduce physical inactivity in PD and to improve the quality of life.

Effect of exercise on perceived quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease

The purpose of this study was to determine if individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who completed an 8-week, supervised Pole Striding exercise program would undergo significant improvements in cognitive skills, activities of daily living, motor function, and quality of life.

The results of this non-randomized clinical trial indicate that an 8-week individualized Pole Striding exercise program increases perceived functional independence and quality of life in individuals with PD.

Effects of a flexibility and relaxation programme, walking, and nordic walking on Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) progress despite optimized medical treatment. The present study investigated the effects of a flexibility and relaxation programme, walking, and Nordic walking (NW) on walking speed, stride length, stride length variability, Parkinson-specific disability (UPDRS), and health-related quality of life (PDQ 39).

Assessment after completion of the training showed that pain was reduced in all groups, and balance and health-related quality of life were improved. Furthermore, walking, and Nordic walking improved stride length, gait variability, maximal walking speed, exercise capacity at submaximal level, and PD disease-specific disability on the UPDRS in addition. Nordic walking was superior to the flexibility and relaxation programme and walking in improving postural stability, stride length, gait pattern and gait variability. No significant injuries occurred during the training. All patients of the Nordic walking group continued Nordic walking after completing the study.

Impact of physical exercise on reaction time in patients with Parkinson’s disease-data from the Berlin BIG Study.

To determine whether physical activity may affect cognitive performance in patients with Parkinson’s disease by measuring reaction times in patients participating in the Berlin BIG study.

Supervised physical exercise with Lee Silverman Voice Treatment-BIG or Nordic Walking is associated with improvement in cognitive aspects of movement preparation.

Gait velocity and step length at baseline predict outcome of Nordic walking training in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

The impact of Nordic walking (NW) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been investigated in several studies but results are inconsistent. This may be due to different cohorts studied and the heterogeneity of their PD symptoms which impact the outcome of NW. This study aimed at determining predictive factors for a positive effect of NW on PD.

Gait velocity and step length can predict the outcome of NW training as determined by the UPDRS motor part, indicating that PD patients with only slightly impaired gait performance benefit most.


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