What is Rock Steady Boxing (RSB)
- RSB is the first-of-its-kind non-contact boxing style training program aimed at improving function in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
- Medical research suggests that intense, forced exercise may be useful in improving function and reducing fall risk in those with Parkinson’s disease.
- This exercise approach combines intense exercise with speed, coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength to engage multiple components of the human neuro-musculoskeletal system.
How does it work?
- Upon receiving a request, a certified RSB instructor performs a thorough one-on-one evaluation to ensure that a potential member is appropriate for participation. A request for participation is given to the patient to have approved by their physician.
- Following physician approval, a member is allowed to join a new class or one in progress depending on their functional level.
- RSB classes can improve an individual’s functional status at any level of Parkinson’s.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- What are the costs and are they covered by insurance?
- RSB classes are not covered by insurance. There is a one-time fee for the evaluation and a small fee per each class. The evaluation fee covers enrollment, wrist wraps, and your own set of professional boxing gloves.
- How long are classes and what is their format?
- Classes typically last for 1-1.5 hours and average between 2 and 6 members. The format varies but generally includes a combination of dynamic warm-ups, balance training, core stability, boxing, agility, bag work, cool down, and a whole lot of fun.
- Are family members allowed to come?
- Presence of a family member is not necessary but is encouraged especially if a greater need for assistance with mobility and transfers exists. The family member is the designated “cornerman” providing both assistance with physical and emotional support.
Boxing for Parkinson's Disease in a Nutshell
We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life. In fact, they can build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing for Parkinson's disease works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. To get an idea of what boxing for Parkinson's disease involves CLICK HERE and watch some amazing videos.
Boxing for Parkinson's disease isn't all that happens in a class at 360 Physical Therapy & Wellness in Fulton (Maple Lawn), MD. If you have watched some of the videos, you see that there is more to it than just boxing. Classes generally include a variety of warm-ups, exercises, and cool-downs which generally vary from session to session. Each class is 60-90 minutes long with an average size of 5-10 people. Exercise intensity varies, however, modifications are always presented for those who may not be able to perform certain movements. Your safety is our priority.
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These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life. Research confirms that a boxing-style training regimen is helpful in improving gait speed and improve endurance in those with Parkinson's disease. Call us today at (301) 957-2564 !