A local program is fighting back against Parkinson's Disease

One punch at a time, participants at Rock Steady Boxing are getting stronger

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - One punch at a time participants at Rock Steady Boxing are getting stronger, faster, and more flexible.

"It can reduce their symptoms," says Carolyn Rhodes, the program's director. "In some cases, they get better."

Parkinson's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. According to Dr. Jitesh Kar, it affects one million people, including 50 thousand new patients every year.

"A lot of medical options for treatment. Unfortunately, there is no cure," says Dr. Kar.

Along with medication, boxing has proven to be one way to help soften the blow of Parkinson's.

"What helps them is their mobility as well as the activity and the range of motion," Kar says. "Their balance improves. And, they feel better from the inside."

"There's 11 years worth of research that shows, that boxing is neuroprotective," says Rhodes.

Rock Steady Boxing in the Rocket City works with anyone at any level of Parkinson's.

Rhodes says, "we are one of 433 affiliates worldwide, serving many, many boxers."

To learn more about Rock Steady or to get signed up for classes, visit the program's website.


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