According to a recent small study, it actually can. The study investigated how dancing with music impacts people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s during 3 years time and found that dance training for 1 ¼ hours per week can slow down the disease progression and even improve daily living and daily function.
The results showed that dancing not only reduced daily motor problems (such as balance), but also significantly improved the health aspects related to speech, tremors and rigidity compared to those who did not do any dance training. In addition, dancing had a positive impact on daily living, including less cognitive impairment, hallucinations, depression and anxious moods such as sadness.
So what did the participants exactly do during their dancing training to achieve these remarkable results? Classes began with live music during the seated warm-up, followed by barre work, and ended with moving across the floor. The training was accompanied by the professional dancers, who took care for both aerobic and anaerobic movements.
The researchers believe that dance could be an alternative therapy for people with Parkinson’s as it stimulates the auditory, tactile, visual and kinesthetic senses and has an interactive social aspect, which regular exercise doesn’t.
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