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BOXING is a fun new way to manage Parkinson’s Disease

BOXING is a fun new way to manage Parkinson’s Disease

How does Parkinson’s disease affect you?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which affects the dopamine pathway in the brain. Parkinson’s disease patients may experience symptoms such as impaired balance, an abnormal speed in limb movement, altered gait, limb tremor, fatigue and cognitive decline. Prescribed exercise can help manage Parkinson’s disease by improving mobility, balance and coordination.

How can boxing help?

Boxing incorporates a combination of movement for the lower limbs, trunk, and upper limbs. To perform various punching and footwork techniques, individuals require aerobic fitness, agility, trunk stability, power, speed, coordination and multidirectional movement. Focus pad training and boxing shield/punching bag training are two of many types of training methods used in boxing.

Focus pad training involves different punching techniques to strike a target held by a trainer at arm’s length. This is a great way to sharpen up technique and challenge reaction time.

The use of boxing shields and punching bags can help improve anaerobic and aerobic fitness. Boxing requires physiological demands challenging balance, core strength and reaction speed.

Boxing is a great and fun way for managing the symptoms of Parkinson disease as the level of intensity in each session can be adjusted to suit each patient and furthermore, improve their overall fitness. By combining training methods using both focus pads and shield, the aim is to improve balance, core strength, reaction speed, hand-eye coordination, strength and fitness. The evidence suggests that this type of training promotes neuroplasticity and neurogenesis in the pathways associated with movements.


If you would like to incorporate boxing into your exercise regime
make an appointment TODAY or call us on 9708 4338
We will organise a consultation with our experienced Exercise Physiologist, Michael Chrysanthou.


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About the author

I am an accredited exercise scientist and exercise physiologist who is inspired by providing exercise and health services. I began my studies in 2013 and graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2017 with a bachelor of exercise science and a post-graduate diploma in exercise physiology. My interests include musculoskeletal injuries, metabolic syndrome, Diabetes, neurological conditions and mental health. Further interests include cardiac, respiratory and cancer recovery. I also have a keen interest in martial arts and human behavior. During my time at university, I managed my own personal coaching and training business, where I specialised in boxing, kickboxing, strength, and conditioning. I have worked with people with differentiating health and fitness levels including, complete novices, professional athletes, corporate workers and people with chronic conditions. When possible, I work part-time as sports and exercise science presenter and educator at Australian Combat & Exercise where I educate personal trainers and exercise physiologist how to run safe and effective boxing and kickboxing sessions. I have attended multiple seminars on personal development and mindfulness by leading human behavior specialist Dr. John Demartini. Using the methodologies I have learned, I combine the principles of human behavior and exercise to facilitate positive behavioral change to achieve goal orientated health outcomes. As a student exercise physiologist, I worked and gained experience in treating clients with a large diversity of conditions. My highlight was working at Macquarie Hospital where I was part of a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals. My role was to educate and prescribe exercise to people with a background of mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and chronic anxiety. I specialize in musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, diabetes, metabolic syndrome cardiac, respiratory, cancer and mental health. I am also registered with Medicare, NDIS, SIRA and I accept private health claims. I use the skills I have obtained from managing my own business, my coaching background and knowledge in exercise physiology to assess, prescribe and motivate clients to achieve their personal goals.