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PingPongParkinson World Championship in Wels 2023

On Tuesday I entered exhibition hall 6 in Wels and was immediately overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm. Surrounded by almost 300 other athletes from all over the world who are just as passionate about table tennis as I am, I immediately felt at home. Now, on Friday, I'm proudly in the round of XNUMX in both the men's doubles and the doubles mix. This isn't just a competition; it is a testament to the unwavering spirit of all of us - athletes who, despite Parkinson's disease, push our limits and show what is possible. The following article from Oberösterreich Nachrichten gives a comprehensive and impressive insight into this World Cup, and I would like to share it with you.

Table tennis and Parkinson's

In addition to being a fast and exciting sport, table tennis can also provide therapeutic benefits, particularly for people with Parkinson's disease. Bayerischer Rundfunk highlighted exactly this connection in an interesting report on Bayern 3 and presented both expert opinions from medical professionals and stories from those affected. One of the guests of this article is Jürgen Zender, the editor of the Parkinson Journal.

Active living with Parkinson's

At this time, everyone is talking about sport as an important resource for neurological diseases. Movement groups are forming everywhere and the information about this important pillar for the treatment of Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or polyneuropathy is constantly growing, as are the results of research.

Occupational therapy – second-class physiotherapy?

Let's take a look at the definition of occupational therapy according to the German Association for Occupational Therapy: "Occupational therapy supports and accompanies people of all ages who are restricted in their ability to act or are threatened with restriction. The aim is to strengthen them in carrying out meaningful activities in the areas of self-sufficiency, productivity and leisure time in their personal environment.
Specific activities, environmental adaptation and advice serve to enable people to act in everyday life, to participate in society and to improve their quality of life.” (DVE08/2007)               

relatives in occupational therapy

It is the relatives who know the affected person better than anyone else. They have known her for many years, have noticed the development and are stunned to observe the change and the slow decline in skills.

neuro workshop and the ministry of silly walks

When we talk about exercise as an effective non-drug therapy for Parkinson's, we unconsciously mean the typical sports activities from rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

But what matters is not just that you move, but rather how you move.

Science has long since proven that movements that are carried out contrary to expectations have a measurably higher effect.

For example, simply walking backward affects the dopaminergic system far more and more effectively than walking forward.

Neuro workshop – Improve Parkinson's in 30 days

dr In her neuro workshop, Mareike Schwed offers, among other things, a course with the promising title "Improve Parkinson's in 30 days".

I have to admit that the title alone provoked an inner contradiction in me, since I am extremely skeptical about promises of salvation. The term neuro-workshop, on the other hand, was tempting enough for me to look further into the courses on offer.
But I have learned in recent years that my Parkinson's can be put in its place with sufficient exercise. Unfortunately, it is not the case that this would be enough as a motivation, because there is still the option of taking half an L of dopa more or if it is difficult to take an LT.

Back pain in everyday life recurrence

while I'm writing the post, I'm sitting on the roof terrace in Barcelona. The Spanish traffic is bustling around me. It is incredible for me to be sitting here today writing this post. Because two weeks ago I had my four-year anniversary: ​​At the end of August 2018 I had my second disc surgery. I can still remember damn well how intense that time was. How frustrated I was that after my first surgery in 2016 I had to go through all the pain, restricted mobility and fears again.
But I have learned in recent years that my Parkinson's can be put in its place with sufficient exercise. Unfortunately, it is not the case that this would be enough as a motivation, because there is still the option of taking half an L of dopa more or if it is difficult to take an LT.

Let's have a chat

I wrote this post a long time ago and didn't have the courage to publish it. Today is a good day for that, as surely any other would have been. Here we go: In one issue of online magazine Parkinson's Life it was reported that the crew of a Ryanair flight in the UK refused to let a passenger with Parkinson's on board because they thought he was drunk.

This case caused a huge outrage on British social media and I wonder how the public in Germany would have reacted to such a case. In the worst case, it would probably not have been made public and the person concerned would have had to deal with the problem on their own (in the best case there would have been a small newspaper report about it). It is not uncommon for Parkinson's to be confused with alcoholism. At first glance, the symptoms are very similar (except for the missing flag). Then there is whispering, or looks are thrown, but nobody thinks of addressing the person: "What's the matter with you? Do you have Parkinson's?"

back pain in everyday life

When I'm asked what you can do about back pain, I always mention one aspect: sleeping. 
Just lying down is not enough. Restful sleep is essential and is often underestimated. Very few people are aware of the impact restful sleep can have on health and thus on back pain.

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