INTEGRATIVE EXERCISE THERAPIES AND THEIR EFFECT ON MOTOR FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE
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AbstractThis thesis examines current research surrounding integrative mind-body exercise therapies and their effect on motor-function in individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disorder. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neuromuscular disorder. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Treatment is mainly symptomatic, and medications alone cannot eradicate symptoms (Bhalsing, Abbas & Tan, 2018). Therefore, it is important to explore complementary and integrative therapies to potentially improve motor symptoms and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease. A literature review comprised of 10 articles was conducted to examine the evidence of mind-body exercise therapies, specifically tai chi, dance and yoga. The goal of the review was to determine if these specific therapies help to improve motor function in those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. This thesis will use the evidence obtained from literature review, to identify best practice recommendations. The recommendations will then be used to develop a theoretical implementation and evaluation plan for a best practice project.