Mindfulness and Parkinson’s

There is strong emerging evidence for Mindfulness in Parkinson’s Disease. Pickut et al investigated neurobehavioral changes secondary to a Mindfulness Based Intervention in individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. They reported statistically significant changes in Parkinson’s specific motor scores, pain and mindfulness. 27 out of 30 people with Parkinson’s Disease completed a randomised controlled trial, and questionnaires were obtained at baseline and 8 week follow up. The study showed improved motor scores, pain scores and mindfulness after the 8 week Mindfulness course. (1)

Further, an exploratory prospective randomised control trial on a 6 week mindfulness based lifestyle program on just over 70 patients with Parkinson’s Disease showed improvements in function and wellbeing, with the researchers concluding that mindfulness-based lifestyle programs have potential to assist participants in managing the ongoing difficulties associated Parkinson's disease. The study shows promise for the long term benefits of such programs, as improvements to participant activities in daily living and mindfulness were retained at 6-months post intervention. (2)

(1)Parkinsons Dis. 2015;2015:816404. doi: 10.1155/2015/816404. Epub 2015 May 26. Mindfulness Training among Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: Neurobehavioral Effects. Pickut BVanneste SHirsch MAVan Hecke WKerckhofs EMariën PParizel PMCrosiers DCras P.

(2) BMC Neurol. 2016 Sep 8;16:166. doi: 10.1186/s12883-016-0685-1.The effects of a mindfulness-based lifestyle program for adults with Parkinson's disease: a mixed methods, wait list controlled randomised control study. Advocat JEnticott JVandenberg BHassed CHester JRussell G.

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