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COGNITIVE-MOVEMENT THERAPY & PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Posted by Scott White on Thursday, August 17, 2017, In : Neurological Disorders 


By TOM BELOTTI (Physiotherapist)

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it – Plato (cited in H. Dawes, p.867)

 

The “Exercise is Medicine” program was initiated by the American Medical Association due to the well studied, documented and widely recognised positive effects exercise has on the cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal systems [4]. Of particular importance are the exercise ...


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Yoga may be the missing link to stroke survivors' rehabilitation

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Neurological Disorders 

One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime [1].

That’s about 51,000 strokes per year, or one every ten minutes. 
Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of premature death, after heart disease, and is the leading cause of disability among adults [2].

During a stroke, the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. Cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing them to die. Damage is localised to the area of brain ...


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Exercise Directly Causes an Increase in the Number of Neural Stem Cells in the Brain

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Neurological Disorders 


Neuroscientists have, for the first time, been able to demonstrate that moderate exercise significantly increases the number of neural stem cells in the ageing brain.

In research published in Stem Cells, Dr Daniel Blackmore and his colleagues at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have shown that moderate exercise directly increases the number of stem cells in the ageing brain.

Despite the conventional wisdom that we only have a set number of neurons or brain cells, neuroscientists have known ...

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Hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 

A 2014 study revealed that practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life.

"Hatha yoga requires focused effort in moving through the poses, controlling the body and breathing at a steady rate," researchers said. "It is possible that this focus on one's body, mind and breath during yoga practice may have generalized to situations outside of the yoga classes, resulting in an improved abil...
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“Exercise is Neuroprotective- Inactivity is Neurodegenerative” [The evidence for prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s Disorder]

Posted by Scott White on Saturday, September 27, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 

For many years, exercise was not a recommended rehabilitation strategy for persons with a diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) [1]. Since it was believed that exercise had no measurable effect on PD, or might worsen the underlying pathology, it was to be avoided.

However, a rich vein of research now indicates that non-pharmological approaches- (exercise based physiotherapy), have a far greater effect on the cardinal features of PD than previously believed [2], [3], [4].

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Yoga Practitioners Exhibit Greater Gray Matter Volume and Fewer Reported Cognitive Failures

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 


A 2012 study identified significant differences in gray matter volume and self-reported cognitive failures between hatha yoga practitioners and a sample of well-matched controls such that yoga practitioners exhibited volumetrically larger brain structures and fewer lapses in executive function in daily life[1]. 

Structural differences were particularly evident in brain regions subserving higher-order control of cognitive and motor responses.

Concomitantly, the extent to which the yoga and contr...

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