The human body loves movement. We all have the innate capability to explore our bodies, strengthen, heal, and enjoy our livelihoods.
Dancing, as an adjunct to physical therapy, can help individuals with Parkinson’s improve in their gait, balance, and quality of life. In fact, Tango is shown to improve Parkinson’s motor signs, walking speed, and functional mobility. The "Dance for PD" program additionally improves sit-to-stand and endurance tests. “Differential Effects of Tango Versus Dance for PD in Parkinson Disease” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26733865.
Mood, cognition, and quality life is also improved in folks with Parkinson’s who participate in dancing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26318265
Jamie Wong, PT, DPT