Scottsdale physical therapy office uses exercise to help treat Parkinson's disease

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Doctors at Spooner Physical Therapy in Scottsdale say high energy exercise combined with big movements can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

They say their patients are having great success in halting the disease through targeted exercise. Therapists combine exercise with big movements like yoga with high energy exercise like boxing as treatment for their patients. 

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Paul Cordell was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a year ago and says the exercise is increasing his quality of life.

"The symptoms I experienced a year ago are significantly halted. It's not really noticeable on a day to day basis anymore," said Cordell.

Spooner Physical Therapy is hosting a two-day workshop in Scottsdale. It's $180 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday Jan. 21.

You'll learn high energy/big movement exercises and get to meet other people with Parkinson's.

To reserve your spot call 480-860-4298. 

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