Parkinson's Disease Therapy: Pedaling Motorized Exercise Bicycles
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Dr. Alberts is currently using the American made Theracycle in his Parkinson's cycle therapy research at the Cleveland Clinic. This is the top of the line computerized stationary cycle will spin up to 90 RPMs. Mini-motorized cycles can be purchased for under $150 on the Internet but most spin at a max of 60 RPMs. We purchased a couple of low priced motorized mini-cycles that were not satisfactory. We now use a mini motorized exercise bike, that is well made and spins at 70+ RPMs-. This bike can be purchased for only $115.
The Mini Motorized Bicycle Riding Experience.
Talk to your Doctor Before Beginning This Therapy. Start slowly using lower RPMs and duration. Always ask your doctor before using a motorized cycle.
- Place the mini motorized cycle in front of a chair, wheelchair or couch-the bike weighs less than 20 lbs. The cycle may move on slick floors, put a mat under it.
- Put you feet on the pedals and spin slowly using your legs. Adjust the distance from the chair so that you are comfortable and your heels do not catch on the rear support bracket.
- The mini cycle may be pedaled with the power on or off.
- The bike may be used with your hands as well.
- The pedals have toe straps but can be used without them. I prefer to use them but others are more comfortable not using them.
- Put your feet on the pedals and if you wish slide your feet (shoes are best or just socks) between the toe straps and pedals. A rule of thumb, at least for bicycling, is to have the balls of your feet over the center of the pedal.
- The motorized mini-cycle has a control switch for RPMs and time. Turn the speed (RPM) control off, turn the timer clockwise to 15 min. (the maximum).
- Slowly turn speed dial clockwise until you hit the max RPMs or as fast as you are comfortable.
- Pedaling at high RPMs may sound difficult but it is actually not and can be maintained easily by most Parkinson's folks. Always start slowly and progress at a pace that is comfortable for you
- The duration (pedaling time) can be a problem. First, the most beneficial duration has not been established by Dr. Alberts and Dr.Ridgel. One gentleman has problems keeping his feet on the pedals after 15 min.
- Motorized cycle forced therapy, at higher RPMs, appears to work and it sure beats sticking electrodes in your brain.
- So get pedaling while you enjoy your favorite TV show or book.
Parkinson's Home Therapy: Low Priced Motorized Mini Stationary Exercise Bicycle Video