Dragon Crane is pleased to have been part of a group of professionals who are developing exercise and movement programs for people who have degenerative nerve diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis or other conditions affecting the nervous system. Dragon Crane curriculum in Shaolin Kenpo and Qigong are designed specifically to help people feel better through movement.
Movement is Medicine
Parkinson's Foundation researcher, Stephanie Combs-Miller, found that people who exercise 2.5 hours a week are more likely to see benefits such as improved gait, balance, posture, endur-ance, memory, and concen-tration and decreased falls, freezing, depression, and anxiety. Forced, intense exercise, like boxing, martial arts, and dance, is especially beneficial for people who experience the symptoms associated with Parkinson's. Other forms of movement such as qigong and drumming offer equally beneficial intensity.
Sifu Robyn is certified by the Brian Grant Foundation in Exercise for Parkinson's.
About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, nearly one million people in the U.S. and 10 million people across the globe live with PD, making it the second most common neuro-degenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Most people associate PD with its visible motor symptoms, including tremor, slow move-ment, stiffness, and difficulty with balance. PD can also pre-sent a host of non-motor symptoms, however, such as depression, constipation, disordered sleep, loss of the sense of smell, and cognitive im-pairment. There is no cure for Parkin-son’s. Current treatment in-cludes medication, surgery, and lifestyle changes, including exercise.