Parkinson’s Disease

Range of Motion offers Exercise Physiologist designed one-on-one exercise sessions for individuals with this condition. Book a complimentary consultation or contact us to find out more.

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

Based on guidelines provided by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Condition Overview:

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a progressive neuromuscular disorder. It is characterised by a reduction in the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can cause the following symptoms:

  • Resting tremor.
  • Slow movements.
  • Rigidity.
  • Gait abnormalities.
  • Postural abnormalities.

Short Term Response to Exercise:

There is a lot of variation between individuals with this condition, and considerable variation day to day for individuals. Reduced functional capacity can limit exercise selection, and this also results in increased energy expenditure for basic tasks. Other complications seen during exercise can include:

  • Poor thermal regulation.
  • Altered heart rate responses.
  • Altered blood pressure responses.

Long Term Response to Exercise:

The primary benefit of exercise for individuals with PD relate to mental benefits (depression, anxiety, self esteem) and improvements in functional abilities.

Condition Management:

Drug therapy is the major management method, aimed at correcting neurochecmical imbalances.

Range of Motion’s Treatment Methodologies:

Range of Motion designs specific exercise programs unique of the individual based on The Range of Motion Model of Health. Modifications to this basic framework are made based on the specific recommendations outlined below.


  • 60-80% peak heart rate.
  • 3 days/week.
  • Under 60 mins per session.


  • Three sessions/week.
  • Progress weights gradually, starting light.
  • Single sets of exercises.


  • 1-3 sessions per week.

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Protas, E. J., Stanley, R. K.,  (2003). Parkinson's Disease. In: Durstine, J. L., Moore, G. E. (2003), ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities 2nd Ed. (pp 295-302) American College of Sports Medicine, Human Kinetics.