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Don’t Blame It On The Boogie! Local Doctors Introduce Dance Therapy For Parkinson’s Disease



Parkinson’s Disease or idiopathic or primary parkinsonism is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, particularly this is a form of motor disorder. Unfortunately, the cause is unknown but in some atypical cases, its origin is genetic in nature. Since the motor function of a person is affected, the symptoms of Parkinsons include shaking, rigidity of muscles, slowness of movement, difficulty with gait and postural instability. Other than motor function, Parkinsons also affects the neurological function of the brain with symptoms like dementia in advanced stages of the disease. In a psychiatric level, patients with Parkinsons also experience depression, sleep disturbance and emotional problems.


Here are some important facts about Parkinson’s Disease:


  • About 7 – 10 million people worldwide are diagnosed and are living with Parkinsons.

  • It is estimated that about 4% of people with Parkinsons are diagnosed before the age of 50.

  • Men are more likely to have Parkinsons than women.

  • Famous people who have suffered from Parkinsons:

    • Michael J. Fox, movie and TV actor, movies “Back to the Future”, “Teen Wolf” | TV shows “Family Ties”, “Spin City”, “The Michael J. Fox Show”

    • Muhammad Ali, boxing legend

    • Frederick “Freddie” Roach, a former professional boxer and currently the trainer of world boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao

    • Linda Ronstadt, American pop singer, winner of 11 Grammy Awards, ex-fiancee of “Star Wars” creator, George Lucas

    • Bob Hoskins, award-winning British actor

    • Michael Richard Clifford, astronaut of NASA

    • Ben Petrick, Major League baseball player

    • Maurice White, singer, band member of Earth, Wind and Fire

    • Brian Grant, retired NBA player for Sacramento Kings, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns



Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox


Although there is no known cure for Parkinsons, there are treatment options that can help manage or lessen the intensity of the symptoms. The drug combination of levodopa and carbidopa are often prescribed to patients with Parkinsons.


Other ways to manage the symptoms of Parkinsons is to have a balanced diet with diet rich in calcium, folic acid and vitamin B complex. Moderate exercise and physical therapy can also help manage the symptoms and prevent further muscular degeneration.


Dance therapy is another treatment option. Alabang’s Asian Hospital and Medical Center has recently launched dance therapy for patients with Parkinsons called “Dance Therapy: Move to the Beat”. This program is headed by Dr. Cid Czarina Diesta, a consultant neurologist in Asian Hospital.


“The concept of dance therapy for patients with movement disorder is a great experience because it helps them develop artistry and grace in the form of exercise. It is beneficial for them in many aspects, but more importantly, this dance therapy addresses concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, low self-esteem, isolation, dull memory and depression,” says Dr. Diesta.


“The dance therapy aims to provide Parkinson’s disease patients a better alternative to traditional exercise to improve mobility and muscle coordination and reduce muscle tension. During the program, the therapy observes the movements of the patients, assesses them, and designs a program to address their conditions,” according to Dr. Teresita Joy Evangelista, chairperson of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Asian Hospital.




“Dance Therapy: Move to the Beat”

Venue: Sports Medicine and Human Performance Center Gym Area, Lower GF of Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Schedule: Every Sundays, 8:00 am

Note: Each class has a maximum of 5 participants. A physical therapist will be present during the class to guide the patients.

Requirement: Each participant is required to bring their own caregiver during classes.


For inquiries about the program, please contact:

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Phone: (+632) 876-5757



Author: Marcelle Villegas 


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