PARKINSON’S DISEASE

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease (PD) was originally described as “the shaking palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. The main features are stiffness, a fixed facial expression, difficulty with movements and a characteristic so-called “pill...
EXERCISE IN THE TREATMENT OF STROKES

EXERCISE IN THE TREATMENT OF STROKES

The use of exercise in stroke rehabilitation Management of the acute episode Exercise is vital to the restoration of muscle function. Rehabilitation should start as soon as blood supply to the brain has been re-established to the best possible level.  It is usually...
EXERCISE TO TREAT CORONARY DISEASE

EXERCISE TO TREAT CORONARY DISEASE

Exercise for treating Coronary Heart Disease (CHD): Angina Angina pectoris is the tight central chest pain, sometimes radiating to the left arm, brought on by exercise. The pain brings the sufferer to a halt and settles within a few minutes. Angina was first described...
EXERCISE TO PREVENT CORONARY DISEASE

EXERCISE TO PREVENT CORONARY DISEASE

Exercise in the prevention of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD): The UK experience Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Professor Morris’ studies of bus drivers and Whitehall civil servants were epidemiological classics. In the former he and his colleagues compared the heart...
EXERCISE AND DISEASE

EXERCISE AND DISEASE

It is time to talk about the health-giving properties of regular exercise and of high levels of cardio-respiratory fitness. Today’s post is an introduction to the idea that your long term health depends upon avoiding the degenerative diseases of later life which...
PHYSICAL TRAINING AND PHYSICAL FITNESS

PHYSICAL TRAINING AND PHYSICAL FITNESS

The natural history of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) The basic facts are these. Using VO2max   as the measure of physical fitness, we increase in fitness through childhood till late teens or early twenties. At this stage VO2max lies between about 30 and 50ml/min/kg...