Psychological Benefits of Non-pharmacological Methods Aimed for Improving Balance in Parkinson's Disease
August 24, 2015 -
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a serious
condition with a major negative impact on patient's physical and mental health.
Postural instability is one of the cardinal difficulties reported by patients to
deal with. Many studies on non-parkinsonian and parkinsonian subjects suggest an
important correlation between the presence of balance dysfunction and multiple
mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and apathy.
Considering that balance dysfunction is a very common symptom in
PD, we can presume that by its management, we could positively influence
patient's state of mind too. A group of scientists from Czech Republic analyzed
the nonpharmacological methods shown to be effective and successful for
improving balance in patients suffering from PD. Strategies such as general
exercise, robotic assisted training, Tai Chi,
Qi Gong, Yoga, dance (such as tango or ballet), box, virtual reality-based, or
neurofeedback-based techniques and so forth can significantly improve the
stability in these patients.
Beside this physical outcome, many methods
have also shown effect on quality of life, depression level, enjoyment, and
motivation to continue in practicing the method independently. The purpose of
this review is to provide information about practical and creative methods
designed to improve balance in PD and highlight their positive impact on
Their findings are published by the journal Behavioral neurology in July of 2015.