Italian doctor finds cure for Parkinson's disease in Irish dancing

Keit

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I couldn't find a thread dedicated to Parkinson's, so posting it as a seperate one.

Pretty fascinating! Who would have thought that there will be a healing modality called "Irish set dance therapy (ISDT)" :-):dance:


Dr. Volpe made an important observation. For many with Parkinson's, posterior-anterior advancement of the lower limb during the swing phase of the gait's cycle is compromised. Yet, the Reel Step enabled a dancer with Parkinson's to override the neurological impediments that affect the gait.

As he thought about the Reel Step, he noted that Irish Set Dance is patterned, but steps are not overly repetitious. Execution of the pattern requires the dancer to change direction frequently. Directional change plus the need to maintain reasonably consistent step lengths require the dancer to be in a state of constantly transferring weight from one leg to the other. The overall effect is a remarkable improvement.
 
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JEEP

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Amazing - that would be great if this is a breakthrough for the many that suffer from that terrible disease. Can't help but think of Linda Ronstadt and losing her capability to sing.


Interestingly enough, way back in the early 80s, I was living in a rather rural part of West Virginia that only had a weekly newspaper (of sorts). I remember reading in it that someone had figured out some sort of dance-like routine that cured dyslexia. It was the only place or time that I ever encountered that info, but I always remembered reading it. Since it was so long ago, details have faded away, but the fact that a series of physical movements brought about a change in a neurological condition was really quite astounding. Since I never heard anything about it ever again, I wondered if it was valid or not. Considering this latest discovery, perhaps it was.
 

Breo

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What a wonderful and meaninful discovery. Besides that I really enjoy listening to Irish Traditionals, when watching Irish dancers I sometimes wondered about the healing effect of the step patterns for the brain...as a kind of brain gym.
Thanks for posting, Keit! :dance:
 

Metrist

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We have a local gym that advertises, that is geared towards elderly people with health problems: diabetes, heart attack recovery, ect. And they showcase a training exercise for people with Parkinsons, and it involves boxing.

I thought it ironic and funny, but it looks to be just the sparring aspect - where you throw punches and duck, and shadow box.

So, that is probably the same treatment with a different sport.
 

Agron

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I couldn't find a thread dedicated to Parkinson's, so posting it as a seperate one.

Pretty fascinating! Who would have thought that there will be a healing modality called "Irish set dance therapy (ISDT)" :-):dance:

Awesome finding!
It seems that engaging the gravity center of a person with parkinsons allows their brain to re-boot or re-generate neuron connections. Makes me think of limb/body movement that helps connect right and left brain hemispheres.
Now pair that with a GAPS diet and you will be called a miracle worker 😉
 
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