Paid advertisement Fusion Rehab and Wellness’ Rock Steady Boxing Laces Up for Parkinson’s Patients In terms of a program that’s a total knockout for helping local patients, this is it. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), with approximately 60,000 new diagnoses each year. PD Is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory functions. Enter the Rock Steady Boxing program at Fusion Rehab and Wellness. With classes daily (Monday through Thursday) at the practice’s Lee’s Hill office, the program is fully tailored for PD clients and addresses a number of symptoms they experience.The classes are led by boxing veteran and coach Lisa Long. So, how does it work? “This is the only experience of its kind in the area,” said Michelle Etcho, LPTA, clinical director at Fusion Rehab and Wellness.“We have folks working on bigger, stronger movements, rhythmic movements, fall prevention training and their balance during the typical class.We have different boxing activities tailored to the population and it’s a very enjoyable experience.” Amid the pandemic, Fusion Rehab and Wellness is taking extra precautions to ensure folks are safe.The practice is adhering to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as well as conducting vigorous cleanings and temperature checks for all participants. Class capacities are also capped to ensure social distancing. “In addition to the physical activity, there are so many mental benefits to this, too, spanning cognitive processing, keeping moods up and building a community,” said Etcho.“With small class sizes, it’s a way to safely exercise.A lot of people have been missing an opportunity like this during the COVID-19 crisis and here it is.” Originally launched in 2018, the Fusion Rehab and Wellness team has noted significant progress in a number of Rock Steady Boxing clients. For clients that have been in the program for years, they are either holding strong or showing improvements in terms of balance, strength and endurance. “Many of these clients are coming out on top during our classes,” said Etcho. “It is truly incredible to see and be a part of.” If you are interested in learning more about our Rocksteady Boxing program, contact Lisa Long at 540-710-0130.