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Degenerative diseases are cruel and heartless, robbing someone of the movement and control they once mastered and making them feel helpless.

But as this wonderful short video shows, there is a way for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease to regain some of the control and movement they have lost, and in the most unlikely way.

Ballet classes provide the physical toning and exercise needed to halt the symptoms, but so much more besides.

Those who take the classes report feeling more free, more creative and more positive. In short, their quality of life improves and their happiness goes up.

Ballet: the unlikely respite from Parkinson's

How ballet is helping people with Parkinson’s find a new lease of life.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

While this class shown is in the UK, there are Dance for Parkinson’s classes available here in Australia too. Find out more here.

Do you have any experience with dance classes? How do they help you? 

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  1. My husbands Neurologist has told him that he has noticed that Parkinsons patients that do vigorous exercise can halt and sometimes reverse their symptoms. He is doing a lot of research into this. My husband suffers from Dystonia which is in the same family as Parkinsons. He at one time thought that my husband would develop Parkinsons but thankfully that did not happen. My husband treks and trains with 15 -20 kilo packs and has kept his symptoms to a manageable level for 8 years. My husbands Neurologist has asked my husband to present at a conference so other Neurologist can understand the positive effects of vigorous exercise on these diseases. My husband said yes. So this does not surprise me.

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