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How exercise can help treat Parkinson’s disease

May 16, 2012|By Jenn Bates | KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports, www.kwch.com

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Warren Meyer’s Parkinson’s symptoms came about like most every other patient, slowly inihibiting his control of his muscles.

“First there was a tremor in my left arm, and then in my right. Next there was a tremor in my left leg and my voice started to soften,” says Meyer. He finally went to a neurologist who confirmed what Warren had already suspected: He was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease.

Meyer has a lot of company. There are about 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s that are diagnosed each year and it’s estimated that there are over one million Parkinson’s patients in the United States. Although there are no official numbers, it’s also estimated that there are over 1,000 patients in the Wichita area alone.

When Dr. Wendy Williamson found out about this she decided she wanted to find a way to help. Williamson’s credentials are extensive. She got her Ph.D from Oklahoma State and is an ACE advanced health and fitness specialist. She’s a personal trainer and took a particular interest in the plight of the Parkinsons patient. Recently, she developed an exercise program to help eradicate the symptoms. Read the rest of the article and watch the video report.


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