Episode-006: Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease with Patrick LoSasso
As a Physical Therapist I see many patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Every one of us knows a friend or family member with this condition. Today my guest on SFR is Patrick LoSasso. Patrick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in California specializing in Exercise for those with Parkinson’s symptoms.
Patrick LoSasso, CSCS*D, is a trainer and an internationally recognized authority on Parkinson’s exercise. He consults with medical professionals and trainers, sharing his unique and evidence based methods to improve health and function for people living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.
A trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, Patrick integrates secretly held techniques used by top athletic trainers and coaches to prepare their elite athletes for competition, and applies these principles to his rehabilitative exercise program for Parkinson’s Disease.
Patrick’s brand of exercise is titled SmartXPD, an acronym: Strength, Mobility, Agility, Reaction, Technique, eXercise, representing just some of the principals integrated into his approach. The Parkinson’s Exercise Ball and the Brain&Body Bar are innovative exercise tools created by Patrick and used by individuals, trainers, PTs and rehab facilities to integrate fine motor challenges and evolutionary movement patterns* that improve health and function.
Patrick is and advocate for PWP and President of the Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles, a nonprofit who’s mission is to make lives better for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and care partners.
For a personal fitness consultation, or to arrange for Patrick to appear as a speaker, call (323)422-9794 or email at Patrick@PatrickLoSasso.com.
*Evolutionary Movement Patterns: As we developed as humans walking upright on two legs, we began to hunt and gather. The activities we had to perform to survive and provide for our families required us to execute activities that involved chops, lifts, rows, pushes, pulls, etc., all movement patterns that are safe and familiar to the human body. Advances in medical rehabilitation for neurological conditions have widely recognized the value of implementing these patterns into a rehab program to restore and re-pattern functionality. (See References)
References: Based on the work of Karel Lewit, Gary Gray, Gray Cook, Vladimir Volta, Stewart McGill, The Prague School and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, among others.