Pilates class helps Parkinson's patients stay agile

1:56 PM, May 3, 2013
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It was around 2005 when Joan Geenen was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but it wasn't a complete surprise for the 75-year-old Appleton woman.

Her father and a brother had Parkinson's, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.

"There are structural and chemical changes in the brain that regulate motor control," explained Kristine Twomey, associate nurse practitioner with Neuroscience Group in Neenah. "Brain cells that produce the chemical transmitter dopamine are damaged. These changes produce the symptoms we see in Parkinson's disease, rigidity, ...

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