Resistance- and Balance-Training

Postural instability is a cardinal sign of Parkinson’s disease and an independent risk factor for falls. Impaired postural control reduces patients’ mobility and impacts patients’ quality of life. Physical therapy is an important treatment option particularly for those symptoms which are insufficiently improved by antiparkinsonian medication such as postural instability. 
In this project a resistance- and balance-training were compared to improve postural control in people with Parkinson’s disease. Participants trained two times per week for a total of 7 weeks. Resistance training significantly improved postural control. This study shows that resistance training not only improves muscular strength but is also beneficial to enhance postural control. 

The project was funded by the Coppenrath-Foundation and Krumme-Foundation.