Progressive neurological diseases can lead to life altering health complications and often affect mobility and life expectancy. If you are caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s chorea, it is important to understand how this debilitating conditions can be slowed by the use of quality compound exercise workouts.
Huntington’s chorea is a neurological progressive disease that leads to a decline in cognitive function but, even more importantly, this condition can also lead to decline in mobility with the development of involuntary muscle movements. It is for this reason that patients with Huntington’s chorea will often benefit from compound exercise workouts that are designed to assist in maintaining mobility for as long as possible.
When your loved one has been diagnosed with Huntington’s chorea, it will be important to ask about a variety of medications and treatments that can be offered, including the use of physical therapy programs. When meeting with the rehabilitation facility, ask about compound exercise workouts that can improve mobility and function while building muscle mass.
Compound exercise workouts are especially important for Huntington’s chorea patients because they allow for the most efficient workout routine – working out multiple muscle groups at one time. With these types of compound exercises, not only is muscle mass built but your loved one can learn how to coordinate the use of multiple muscle groups at one time. Over time, this will help to improve mobility and function when tremors and involuntary movements occur.
Not all physical therapy programs are designed to offer compound exercise workouts as part of a rehab program for Huntington’s chorea patients. Be sure, therefore, that you ask about this specific form of exercise as it will offer the greatest opportunity for maintaining mobility and function for a longer period of time. With no cure in sight for Huntington’s disease, the use of medications, rehab, and specific exercise programs will offer the best possible outcome for your loved one while allow for their independence as long as feasibly possible.
Sources: Huntington’s Disease (The Facts), by Oliver Quarrell