This original activity improves the quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease

This original activity improves the quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease

Various studies have shown that dancing can improve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. And more particularly, Brazilian dance.

A large number of studies in the scientific literature have highlighted the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. They affect patients' lives, physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. However, surprising research on Brazilian dance has revealed that this discipline can improve the daily lives of people affected by the disease.

A disease that affects motor functions

Parkinson's disease is a chronic degenerative condition, characterized by the progressive disappearance of certain neurons in the brain. This neuronal disappearance results in a reduction in the production of dopamine, in an area of ​​the brain essential for the control of movements. This is why Parkinson's disease primarily affects motor functions. After Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease.

The “Dança & Parkinson” project

The study from the “Dança y Parkinson” project analyzed the impact of Brazilian dance on the quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease, before and during avian flu.

On the Mediscoop website, Professor Harold Mouras details the methodology using which this analysis was carried out, specifying that it was carried out on a sample of 14 people. Patients facing various difficulties linked to Parkinson's disease, having a negative impact on their daily lives.

The authors of the study then noted that Brazilian dance, practiced in person or through online classes during the pandemic, helped to bring general well-being to the condition of patients. These results are of course preliminary, but appear very promising for researchers.