Besides my medications, music is the most important tool I use to manage my Parkinson's. I use it for everything, and I tell my students to do the same.
Can't move? Turn on your iPod. Feeling anxious or down? Blast your stereo. Whether jump starting your morning, helping you through household chores, and or powering your walk, music can be a constant well of energy. One of my students told me he even plays music in the shower because it helps him wash himself faster and with more coordination.
If I were the president of the National Institute of Health, I would mandate that every new person diagnosed with Parkinson's get a pamphlet on the disease and a new iPod. Music is that significant for us PWPs.
So naturally, there's no way this website could be complete without a music page.
Some of the playlists below will have practical applications (i.e. powering your gait, warming up for more rigorous exercise) but for the most part they are mixes for you to enjoy and help you move.
Powering Your Gait
Music has the power to structure your gait, eliminating the typical Parkinsonian limp or shuffle. For a step-by-step guide for how to do this see the PD Movement Lab post on music and gait. If you've already read the post, go ahead and find the playlist below that has a tempo slightly faster than your normal walking speed. The small amount you have to push yourself will increase your awareness of your body, and move with intention.
If your stride is longer, or you walk at a slow pace, begin with this playlist. Work your way up once you feel comfortable.
For people with a medium stride length or who walk at a medium speed.
Be careful, but test yourself. Fast can be fun. You may be surprised at what you can do.
For calming down...