Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of dopamine, a naturally-occurring chemical that helps relay messages from the brain to other parts of the body. As dopamine disappears, so does coordination, strength and balance.

Dopamine replacement therapy is the standard treatment to manage the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, but for reasons that aren’t fully understood, patients who exercise vigorously tend to need less medicine. And that means fewer side effects.

An Indianapolis lawyer started Rock Steady Boxing in 2006 as a way to fight back against his early-onset Parkinson’s. The nonprofit fitness program now has thousands of loyal followers across the globe.

Rock Steady Boxing and Parkinson Voice Project are now part of the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center.  Check out these in the tabs below.