Weekly Dance Practice May Stop Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study, a team of researchers from York University in Canada aimed to see how weekly dance practice affects motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease from the long-term perspective.Weekly Dance Practice May Stop Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

They recruited 16 people aged, on average, of 69 years residing in Toronto, Ontario, diagnosed with mild cases of Parkinson’s disease. Participants were prescribed to attend weekly dance classes lasting 1.25 hours each for 3 years from 2014 to 2017.

In these dance classes, the participants performed aerobic and anaerobic movements from different dance styles, such as modern, ballet, tap, folk, and social dancing.

Analyzing the gathered data, the researchers noted that those individuals who took part in weekly dance classes saw significant improvements in speech, tremors, balance, and rigidity compared to those in the non-dance control group, both movement and psychological symptoms did not deteriorate over 3 years.

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