I tried Tai Chi about a year ago and each time, I became so dizzy that I had to stop. Also, since this type of exercise involves the upper body I was having shortness of breath. (the main muscles affected by PD have always been the group involved with breathing). So, I have stopped doing it and am sticking to taking 1 - 2 walks per day, about a 1/2 mile each time.View Thread
I was diagnosed with PD about 2 years ago and have had progressively weakening of my right leg/foot with tremors and my foot turning inward with walking or most other activities using the foot. Have been to PT for evaluation of status and development of home exercise programs twice since the diagnosis. With each evaluation, I had about 6 weeks or so therapy with the PT's so that they could help me work with what I have. The foot turning has gotten worse, and I was referred for an evaluation of my gait a few weeks ago. Outcome is that my quads and hamstrings are extremely weak, which is also affecting my ability to keep my knee straight. I was fitted for an AFO which I started wearing last week. I am building up wearing time for the AFO for an hour more each day until I have reached the hours which I am active. I do walk better with the brace. Are my leg muscles going to get increasingly weaker with the use of the AFO?View Thread
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