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29 Mar 2014

The exercises focus on big and fast movements and on improving function. Challenges for those with Parkinson's include getting out of a chair and standing up from the floor, and the purpose of the gym is to help members practice these skills as well as other coordinated movements. The gym also provides physical therapy and consultations for people with Parkinson's. It's $75 a month for a gym membership. Farley said the gym has people from all over the U.S. and Canada coming to get help and dozens of people from here and elsewhere have gone there to have a physical therapist develop a home exercise regimen for them. Farley eventually hopes PWR gyms will open all over the country. "People don't know how much they can do, so you've got to put them in those situations where they discover it," she said. "We provide more than just the exercise we try to provide them with a lot of education and visit website a lot of empowerment." Tim Bowden , a professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Arizona , was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease seven years ago and began physical therapy with Farley shortly after.
Full story: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tucson-gym-for-Parkinson-s-patients-growing-5359419.php



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