Lexington boxing club offering program to help Parkinson's patients

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A boxing program designed to help people living Parkinson's disease is now being offered at a fitness club in Lexington.

The owner of Title Boxing Club says the program isn't that different from the workouts that normally happen there, but he says the benefits go beyond just staying in shape, as they can actually help lessen the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The idea started at a club in Indianapolis but spread to Lexington when the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute saw the potential benefit.

"We tried to collaborate to present a program to people with Parkinson's in our community that was customized to where they are with the disease but providing the right exercise that would continue to allow them some flexibility, some improved cognition, and some remedy to the stiffness that we deal with," said Janet Greene, an outreach educator with UK Healthcare.

Greene has been living with Parkinson's for three years. She works with UK Healthcare to help new Parkinson's patients. The disease is a nervous system disorder that affects movement. Exercise has been shown to help reduce the symptoms, and green says boxing specifically seems to have a big impact.

"The bigger the motion and the more often we do it, that somehow communicates to the brain in a way that brings about improvement," she said.

"It improves coordination, flexibility, so many different elements of a person's well being that a Parkinson's patient tends to suffer from," said Chris Campbell, co-owner of Title Boxing Club. The program is the first of it's kind in Kentucky.

"It's going to be a challenge but it's one that I want to do because I'm determined to fight this disease with everything that I have and I know that exercise is the one choice that I can make to do that," Greene said.

The first of those classes is scheduled to begin in January and they are actively seeking participants.

Title Boxing Club can be reached at (859) 554-1470.

Janet Greene can be reached (859)-218-5076.

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