Wednesday, January 07, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Most boxers at San Francisco’s Polk Street Gym are training to fight an opponent in the ring, but a few are training to fight an opponent in their own bodies.
Here, boxing coach Kim Woolley leads a class known as Rock Steady Boxing. It’s tailored to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
“Boxing, in general, is a forced exercise and they find that forced exercise helps manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, things like tremors, gate issues, and it just helps with balance, coordination,” Woolley said.
As with many neurological diseases, the symptoms of Parkinson’s can vary in severity from patient to patient. Veronica Garcia-Hayes says she often experiences tremors in one arm when she’s using the other. She believes the rapid fire exchanges of hands and footwork helps her limbs to better stay in sync. Read full article