Tag Archives | Hackney

The Exercise Files: A Fight Worth a Good Punch

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Stephanie Combs-Miller, PT, PhD, NCS, ia board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy, educator and researcher at University of Indianapolis. Dr. Combs-Miller has collaborated with Rock Steady Boxing for the past 10 years to build the community-based partnership and to conduct research on the effects of boxing training for peopleRead More »

The Exercise Files: Are my kids going to get PD?

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Dr. J. Lucas McKay, Ph.D., M.S.C.R., an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory / Georgia Tech. Dr. McKay’s research interests include the effects of PD pathophysiology on balance, gait, and fall risk. He is also interested in PD epidemiology (who gets it and why) and in howRead More »

The One Best Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Dr. Joe Nocera, PhD, an Assistant Professor in Neurology at Emory and a Health Science Specialist in the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. Dr. Nocera’s research interests include interactions between physical function and cognition with particular emphasis on the impact of dualRead More »

The Exercise Files: Rehabilitation Programs That Engage Rhythmic Movement

You may have heard that movement programs that include auditory cues, in the form of metronome or music (aka, Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation or RAS) might help movements for people with PD. In PD, RAS with metronome beats has been used to improve walking. Studies have shown the positive effects of RAS on the symptoms ofRead More »

PD and Yoga: Unifying Body and Mind

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Bruce Rollins, a third year Physical Therapy student at Emory University. He is certified as a Community Exercise Trainer for People with Parkinson’s Disease (American Council on Exercise). He has a strong interest in incorporating “non-traditional” methods of therapy into his future PT practice, including Yoga, Pilates, andRead More »

Stay Injury Free While Combating Parkinson’s Disease

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Maggie Coslett a doctoral candidate at Emory University School of Medicine’s DPT program. She is also working on a Dance Medicine Directed Study Internship, evaluating and providing appropriate therapeutic interventions for a variety of dance-specific injuries and conditions . Maggie has assisted with treatment sessions for Atlanta Ballet dancers and otherRead More »

Parkinson’s Disease and Strength Training: Benefits

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Danielle Leshinsky, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a doctoral candidate at Emory University School of Medicine’s DPT program. She is currently researching with Dr. Madeleine Hackney and the Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation , looking at the effects of Tango on Parkinson’s Disease. SheRead More »

Mental Imagery in Parkinson’s Disease

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Amit Abraham (B.P.T, MAPhty, PhD candidate), a musculoskeletal physical therapist and a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University, the School of Medicine. His research focuses on the effect of mental imagery on dance performance and the effect of Gaga movement language and mental imagery on motor and non-motor aspects amongRead More »

Exercise Bolsters Cognition for Those with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson disease (PD) noticeably impacts motor function but can also impact cognition. Cognitive problems can include difficulty with psychomotor function, cognitive slowing, set-shifting and multi-tasking, working memory, and forgetfulness. However, with neuroplasticity mechanisms (the ability for brain cells to form new connections and strengthen existing ones based on experience), habitual exercise may be able toRead More »

Ancient Martial Art Proves To Be Modern Medicine For PD

Exercise programs that 1) incorporate the practice of dynamic balance, and 2) involve motor adaptation according to task and environmental demands (Hu & Woollacott, 1994; Hirsch et al., 2003) can rehabilitate balance impairment. Habitual participation in physical activity, even begun late in life, has been shown to improve postural control in older individuals (Buatois, Gauchard,Read More »