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Rock Steady Boxing Kansas City at In Your Corner is a partner in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Plus affects all aspects of physical, mental and emotional life. RSBKC strives to strengthen the body with exercise, the mind with education, and the spirit through friendship and camaraderie. RSBKC is In Your Corner.

Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year. Rock Steady Boxing is the first gym in the country dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s.

At Rock Steady Boxing Kansas City, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. Parkinson’s Disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

RSBKC clients can attest, and academic institutions, such as University of Indianapolis and Butler University, are reporting the improved quality of life among its boxers. Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages Parkinson's Disease by those participating in the Rock Steady program.

Call 913-276-4665 today to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with a Coach, or watch a class in action. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

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