New program aims to knock out Parkinson’s disease

Carlisle/West Shore

A new exercise class in Camp Hill is helping people with Parkinson’s disease knock out some symptoms.

“It was fun, and I was not athletic when I was younger, but it is a fun way to do something good for Parkinson’s,” said Louisa Nash, a Fairview Township resident who is living with Parkinson’s disease.

The class is called Rock Stead Boxing and it’s held at West Shore Academy for Martial Arts. The class helps people build up their strength, balance, flexibility, and speed.

“People will come in with a walker. Within a week, they’re using a cane, and then they’re using nothing. The changes are just so quick, it blows our mind,” said class instructor Allyson Hallbach.

Louisa Nash has been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past seven years. The class helps her fight her emotional and physical symptoms.

“I feel much more energetic. I’m hoping to decrease my meds. My doctor, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins, thinks I’ll be able to take less meds,” said Nash. “A lot of people with Parkinson’s are depressed, but everybody was smiling and laughing, so it helps with depression and lifts your spirits.”

The class is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. It costs $10 a class or $60 for unlimited programs a month. Classes are geared to people in all stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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