I am working with an elderly man with Parkinson's disease and a pace maker for about a month and he has made progress in strength and balance. The right side of his body is weaker. What is the best way to approach this condition to regain equilibrium? Is it possible? The man is a retired 75 year old Army Lieutenant and is very determined to get stronger he sees the benefits and I like working w/ him. I do stability exercises, Ground Zero coordination drills weight belt around the waist side crossover steps, simultaneous alt pulling and pushing focusing on coordination and balance. Supplemented with traditional weight training DB BB & Machine movements. I would appreciate any input on equalizing his strength and any other advice on exercises I should introduce or avoid.
From the information you provided it appears that you are doing everything that is recommended from current research. By continuing an integrated approach to training including flexibility, core stability, balance, power and strength you will be placing your client in an environment which is most conducive to improvement. Realize that changes will take place slowly and he may have some "bad" days in his performance. Research regarding Parkinson's Disease and exercise protocols are limited. I was unable to find any current documentation that correlated PD with cardiac indications/contraindications. Always listen to your client to get subjective reports of recovery time between exercise sessions. This will help modify acute training variables (sets/reps/intensities, ect) for future programs. Also use Keyword Search - Parkinsons Disease to see another article on this topic in PTontheNet.com