Patients find a new way to fight back

Patients find a new way to fight backTera Moorehead (left) of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and Sheena Temple (right) of High Desert Fitness show Mary Lise Trowsdale a new way to battle Parkinsons. Photo by Laura Austin

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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has devised a new way for people with Parkinson’s disease to “fight back,” with a High Desert Fitness partnership to offer “Rock Steady Boxing.”

Tera Moorehead, director of community outreach for RRH, said that this first-of-its-kind program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Moorehead said that medical researchers and neurology specialists have discovered the benefits of forced or intense exercise in Parkinson’s patients.

“Patients at all levels of symptoms progression are seeing improved motor function as a result of intense, non-contact, boxing-style exercise,” she said.

“We’re proud to say that Rock Steady Boxing has joined the fight against Parkinson’s disease right here in Ridgecrest!”

“I feel so fortunate and proud to be part of the Rock Steady Boxing program,” said Sheena Temple, certified instructor at High Desert Fitness.

“To me, it brings hope for a better tomorrow and positivity to those who need it most. I know it will be a powerful tool for those with Parkinson’s to fight back against its progression and to add more quality to their everyday lives.”

“I have known several people in our community that have been impacted by Parkinson’s disease,” said Jim Suver, CEO of RRH. “It has had a profound effect on my experience with this disease and, if anything, has strengthened my resolve to enhance our services for our residents with Parkinson’s.”

For more information, contact Moorehead at 760-499-3855.

Story First Published: 2018-09-14