The latest research shows that bicycle exercise is an effective, low-cost therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
During research it was found that pedalling increases in task-related connectivity between the primary motor cortex and the posterior region of the brain’s thalamus, and conclude that faster pedaling rate was the key factor in these improvements, which were still present at follow-up.
Some of the results were similar to patterns of activation during deep brain stimulation of Parkinson’s patients, which is a costly and invasive treatment for late stage disease. Studies suggests “forced-rate bicycle exercise” is an effective, low-cost therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
However, while forced-rate pedalling appears to give better results, not all Parkinson’s patients would need to do exercise so fast to see improvement:
The research now extends into looking at this phenomenon in patients with exercise bikes in their home; and other exercises like swimming and rowing on tandem machines may provide similar benefits.
Watch this video to see that forced-rate bicycle exercise is an effective, low-cost therapy for Parkinson’s disease: