Dance Therapy in the Rehabilitation of the Parkinson's Disease

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Toyğar İ. , Yıldırım Y., Özer S.

Internatinal Journal of Caring Science, vol.11, no.2, pp.1, 2018 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Title of Journal : Internatinal Journal of Caring Science
  • Page Numbers: pp.1


Recently, the prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PH) and the problems that arise due to the disease are increasing steadily. These problems and symptoms must be eliminated or minimized in order for patients to be able to continue their daily life activities. Rehabilitation practices such as exercise and dance therapy play an important role in adapting to the daily living activities of Parkinson's patients. Dance therapy is known to be effective in controlling PH-specific symptoms as well as being a good aerobic exercise that affects strength, flexibility, focus and cardiovascular functions positively. Moreover, dance therapy is also an effective method of rehabilitation for the prevention of falls, the socialization of the Parkinson's patient. Dance therapy can provide synapse activation and cerebral repair. Among the dance types, the Argentine tango has been reported to be effective in the step backward and maintain its balance. This article provides information on dance therapy and benefits in PH and explains its use in the field of rehabilitation nursing.