Most of us are familiar with Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder affecting movement. It is a progressive disease and develops gradually, sometimes starting with a subtle tremor in one of the hands, and then can progress to great stiffness, slurred speech, and even cognitive issues.
So understandably, we might find the idea of a boxing program for those with Parkinson’s a little perplexing, since boxing requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.
But not today, Parkinson’s!
Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit organization that “gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.”
Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) likes to say – Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. So their exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.
“I am excited and look forward to going to my Rock Steady Boxing classes because I have learned that it helps me to feel better and fends off my symptoms,” writes Katie about her experiences. “Rock Steady Boxing is my breath of fresh air – the place I go to and truly feel as everyone understands what these symptoms feel like. They understand my daily struggles.”To find a class near you, click here!