Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2019

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Margaret Mazzone

Abstract

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a degenerative, neurologic disorder that affects dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the brain. PD is a hypokinetic movement disorder, which results in the slowness of movement, tremors, lack of postural control, and rigidity of muscles. PD is also associated with some non-motor symptoms such as mood disorders, cognitive changes, hallucinations and delusions, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Interventions outside of the pharmacological realm are becoming increasingly popular to manage non-motor symptoms related to PD. Previous research has shown that exercise can have a positive effect on sleep disturbances in patients with PD. Many forms of exercise such as resistance training and multimodal exercise approaches have been shown to be efficacious in decreasing sleep disturbances associated with PD. This poster will provide a detailed analysis of the current literature examining the impact of exercise on sleep disturbances in patients with PD.

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