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Forced Exercise with Theracycle Parkinson’s Disease Bikes – A Cleveland Clinic Research Study

Jay L. Alberts, PhD of the Cleveland Clinic chooses Theracycle motorized bikes for Parkinson’s disease study. Theracycle’s motor-driven bicycle employs forced exercise to test motor function in Parkinson’s patients. … Read More

Cycling for Freezing of Gait

A 58-year-old man with a 10-year history of idiopathic Parkinson's disease presented with an incapacitating freezing of gait (Panel A, Video 1). The patient had severe difficulties initiating gait and was able to take only a few shuffling steps when provided with a visual cue (the examiner's foot placed in front of the patient). Attempts to walk evolved rapidly into forward festination and ultimately a fall to the ground. Axial turning was impossible. However, the patient's ability to ride a … Read More

Cleveland Clinic – Parkinson’s Bike Study Abstract

Animal studies indicate forced exercise (FE) improves overall motor function in Parkinsonian rodents. Global improvements in motor function following voluntary exercise (VE) are not widely reported in human Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of VE and FE on PD symptoms, motor function, and bimanual dexterity. … Read More