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Published on June 21, 2018

Tidelands HealthPoint offers boxing-inspired class to help people with Parkinson’s disease

A new boxing-inspired class at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness aims to help people with Parkinson’s disease combat its effects.

Participants in the Power Through Parkinson’s class at Tidelands HealthPoint use boxing and cycling movements to focus on improving balance, strength, coordination, stamina, dexterity and memory – all of which can be affected by the long-term degenerative disorder.

A pair of specially trained instructors also lead participants in voice exercises that can help with speech issues associated with Parkinson’s such as slurring, speaking softly or monotone speech.

People with Parkinson’s – a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement – often have tremors, muscle stiffness and impaired posture or balance, among other symptoms.

“Our Power Through Parkinson’s class provides a higMan boxingh-energy, fun workout that will get you active and leave you sweating,” said Nick McClary, clinical services manager at Tidelands HealthPoint. “Our specially trained instructors know just how to get people with Parkinson’s moving the right way to feel energized and fight the effects of the disease – and have fun as you’re doing it.”

Studies have shown that exercise benefits patients with Parkinson’s, and physicians routinely encourage Parkinson’s patients to exercise regularly as part of their overall management of the disease.

The boxing and cycling movements used in the Power Through Parkinson’s class can help slow the progression of the degenerative effects of the disease and improve motion and function. There is no cure for Parkinson’s.

Two specially trained instructors, Michelle Dowd and Lisa Kitzmiller, lead the Power Through Parkinson’s class at Tidelands HealthPoint, along with assistance from additional staff to help participants with balance.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own boxing gloves, though gloves are available if needed. This is a non-contact, boxing-inspired class.

The class takes place at 10:45 a.m. every Thursday at Tidelands HealthPoint, 12965 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Tidelands HealthPoint members pay $10 per class, or $75 for a 10-pack of classes. Non-members pay $27 per class, or $250 for a 10-pack of classes.

Call Tidelands HealthPoint at 843-237-2205 to sign up or for more information. Space is limited.


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