In our last post, guest blogger John Cornicello talked about exercising at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts to help combat his Parkinson’s and get in better shape. While not as exotic as a circus school, in early March I added another type of exercise to my program.  It’s called “Redcord” and is taught at Activcore in Princeton, NJ (although they have other facilities in central NJ and in Denver, Co).  Redcord uses a patented “bungee assisted” system of cords and slings that fully supports my weight throughout each of the movements my therapist directs me to do. After clearing it with my movement disorder specialist, I decided to give it a try.

When I first arrived, a physical therapist evaluated me and found I have problems with mobility (walking and moving around), pain in my left shoulder (unrelated to my PD), decreased standing tolerance, generalized body weakness, and I continue to use my walker. However, my rehab potential is classified as “good,” and I started the program. My plan is attending three times a week, and I’ve thus far made it through 15 visits.

This system allows me to perform many of the same suspension exercises as an athlete.  Granted, the amount of bungee assistance will vary, but it’s still exciting for me to do this work.

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Marge and her trainer, Tyler.

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Marge developing her core musclesMarge-RedCord

It is especially important for people with Parkinson’s to exercise, and this training is very exciting for me. We will be updating Marge’s progress on this training.  Check back for updates.

Meanwhile, what type of new exercises are you incorporating into your routine?  We’d love to hear from you!

– Margaret Tuchman and Gloria Hansen, The Parkinson Alliance

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