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April 2024: Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April 02, 2024 2:07 PM | Anonymous

This month’s resource is provided by Freedom Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc and written by Adam N. Parth.

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.  Parkinson’s Disease, or PD, is a neurodegenerative disorder that inhibits dopamine production. Often called the “feel-good hormone,” dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in movement, memory, mood, and more.

PD is typically characterized by a lack of dopamine which manifests in several symptoms.  Although all Parkinson’s patients are different and display different symptoms, the most common symptoms are tremor, slowness of movement (bradykinesia), rigidity, and postural instability.  Additionally, non-physical symptoms, like depression, loss of interest, and cognitive impairment may also be present.

Currently, there is no cure for PD and it is a degenerative disease. However, there are a number of treatments available to help slow the progression or dampen the symptoms. Medication is typically the first step taken, while some surgical procedures, like deep brain stimulation, are also available.  Many studies have shown that certain types of exercise can delay the progression of the disease and sometimes improve various symptoms.

Freedom Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc. launched its Rock Steady Boxing program, a wellness program designed for those with PD, almost a year ago and its members have been enjoying the benefits. 

“[The] RSB program at the Freedom Martial Arts & Fitness has been a game changer in my battle against PD,” said Sujata Ghosh. “The trainers led by head coach Adam are experts in fitness and compassionate allies who understand our unique challenge. Through boxing drills, agility exercises and strength training we push ourselves beyond perceived limitations and weaknesses of PD. There is an invaluable sense of camaraderie fostered here and every day I feel remarkable improvements in my mobility and attitude! I can’t recommend this place highly enough, it’s a renewed lifeline.”

On April 19, Freedom Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc. will be holding an open house for the RSB program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Come by and try out a class with boxers and coaches and learn more about Parkinson’s Disease.

For more information on Parkinson’s Disease, visit the Parkinson’s Foundation at For more information on the FMAF Rock Steady Boxing program, visit

Adam N. Parth is the owner and head instructor/coach at Freedom Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc. He is a lifelong martial artist, certified group fitness instructor, certified Rock Steady Boxing head coach and has taught at Calif. State Univ., Los Angeles for School of Kinesiology since 2014.  He is also the family member of someone with PD.

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