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Non-contact boxing is being used to help Parkinson’s patients. Other adults may benefit as well.
Many people think boxing only involves opponents duking it out, so "non-contact boxing" might sound like a contradiction in terms. But this form of exercise, which involves throwing punches but not receiving them, has found a role well beyond the ring. Physical therapists are now using boxing fitness to help people with Parkinson’s disease manage their symptoms.
A progressive nervous system disease, Parkinson’s causes involuntary and uncontrollable tremors or shaking. People with Parkinson’s also battle other physical issues like muscle stiffness and weakness, poor balance and coordination, fatigue, a stooping posture, and a slow, shuffling gait.
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