NAU professor using boxing to help Parkinson’s patients slow degenerative disease (VIDEO)

Can boxing help slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease?

Linda Marie Denney, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Northern Arizona University, is studying the effects of boxing on people in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, specifically as it relates to sleep patterns and other pre-motor symptoms. Early results show the physical activity is having a positive effect in helping people retain control over their mobility.

“I figured it was either going to kill me or I was going to get what I call Jane Fonda arms,” said Suzie Nichols, a Parkinson’s patient who is part of the research. “So I’m going for the Jane Fonda arms.”

Learn more about Denney’s research in this video from NAU-TV.

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