Parkinson's patients could benefit from weight training

February 17, 2012 2:35:24 PM PST
A new study that has been released early finds weight training can help Parkinson's patients retain vital motor function, and it may be more effective than stretching or balance exercises.

Authors say, while they have known that many different types of exercise can help over short time periods, they did not know if it improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson's over the long term.

Scientists say their results suggests that long-term weight training could be considered by patients and doctors as an important component in managing the disease.