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Boxing Becomes Therapeutic Approach To People With Parkinson's Disease

Jeffrey Pott / Flickr

Jeffrey Pott / Flickr

Melissa Tafoya coaches athletes at her gym, Rock Steady Boxing Sacramento.

But some of her trainees aren’t there just to fight – they’re battling with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

We’ll talk with Tafoya about her training program and a local physical therapist on how it benefits people with the central nervous disorder.

One of Tafoya's trainees, Madeleine Kenefick, accompanies her trainer to talk about her personal progress against Parkinson's Disease using boxing.

Also joining is Dr. Erin Vestal, a physical therapist at Kaiser Roseville who specializes in neurologic rehabilitation.

One point Vestal makes is how boxing increases dopamine levels, which helps combat the disease.

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