FOX 47 - Health News
MADISON (WMSN) -- There's a good chance you may know someone who has Parkinson's Disease. It can take over someone's life, but a new class is showing patients the best way to fight back.
Studies show exercise is the single most important thing someone with Parkinson's can do.
"It really is the best answer we got so far with managing Parkinson's," said Bill Walkington.
"My neck hurt when I came in and it doesn't hurt anymore I just feel great like a new man its just amazing," said Bill Russell, who's living with Parkinson's Disease.
58-year-old Bill Russell has lived with Parkinson's for 32 years. He says his life changed forever just 12 weeks ago.
"I can tie my shoes now, I can bend over without falling I used to fall a lot," said Russell.
It's thanks to a free class called PWR! Movement - which stands for Parkinson's wellness recovery movement.
"Some of the people are starting to have stronger strides they're starting to push through their toes with their gate they're not as afraid," said Susan Trier, PWR! Movement Instructor.
"The body figures out ways to do more with less its more efficient and it appears they develop new pathways," said Trier.
Parkinson's Disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
Movements are mainly affected with this disease.
Symptoms include shaking, slowness of movement, trouble sleeping and emotional problems.
Bill says he doesn't plan to miss a class.
"Especially this time of year when its cold and you cant walk this is a great program," says Russell.
Right now more than 40 people are taking the classes offered at Harbor Athletic Club in Middleton.
Not just people with Parkinson's are welcome - caregivers are as well so they can go home and teach their loved ones movements they can use at home.
The classes are made possible by the American Parkinson's Disease Association's Wisconsin Chapter.
There is a waiting list for people to get into the classes, to find out how you can help follow this link.
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions|
Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times.
|Abuse complaints stack up against Jacksonville dentist|
A growing number of parents are suing a Jacksonville dentist, accusing him of mistreating children and performing unneeded tooth extractions.
|Smokers who quit may have brains hard-wired for success|
Smokers who kick the habit could be hard-wired for success, thanks to greater communication between two regions of the brain that may play a role in controlling the urge to reach for cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests.
|Common cleaning products can trigger asthma symptoms|
Fumes from cleaning products used at work can make existing asthma worse, according to a new study of professional cleaning service employees.
|Wal-Mart US asks meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use|
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock.
Tonight on FOX 47
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Hell's Kitchen
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Half Men
11:35pm The Simpsons