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Kinesiology training in patients with Parkinson’s disease: results of a pilot study

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Complementary therapies are an essential component of the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease. They aim to ameliorate disease symptoms in conjunction with dopamine substitution. Kinesiology trains about the effective use of physical, mental and emotional skills. Objectives of this pilot study were to demonstrate the efficacy of a standardised kinesiology programme in 20 patients with Parkinson’s disease. They were on a stable drug regimen during the whole trial. Ten patients received two kinesiology sessions per week over a 6-week lasting interval. The remaining ten patients were only followed over the same time period without any kinesiology training. We scored disease symptoms, tested cognition and assessed instrumental movement performance at baseline and study end. Kinesiology improved disease symptoms, cognitive abilities and execution of simple but not complex movement series. We show a certain value of a standardised kinesiology programme as adjunct, complementary therapeutic approach in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Kuhn, W., Neufeld, T. & Müller, T. Kinesiology training in patients with Parkinson’s disease: results of a pilot study. J Neural Transm (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00702-019-02123-8

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Keywords

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kinesiology
  • Cognition
  • Motor behaviour
  • Complementary therapy