Hello, this is Gary Sharpe, it is 17th March 2016.
In this video, I want to talk to you about the importance of play in recovering from Parkinson’s Disease.
You will see me start very stiff with Bradykinesia, the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Just by using a simple bat and ball and hand-eye-coordination, you can see how I unlock the movement in my body.
This is not a curiosity because, first of all, while I’m doing this it relieves the symptoms, some of the stiffness and pain in the muscles. Secondly, by daily practice it helps me move.
And here is a real application. See how I got straight up there? If I hadn’t done the bat and ball, I could be frozen in that chair. Freezing is a symptom of Parkinson’s Disease, where you just get stuck. Typically it is very hard to get up out of chairs.
And see how it helps me move.