Man with Parkinsons Climbed Mt. Everest
Having treked to Base camp Everest last year I was amazed to read this article on a biomechanics website. Nothing is impossible!
Conquering Mt. Everest
Alan was 65-years old when he initially came to see Eva for help dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He was experiencing muscle tremors, loss of strength and control over the left side of his body, plantar fasciitis (foot pain), knee, and back pain. Despite his own challenges, Alan had set a goal to climb Mount Everest in an effort to raise money for Parkinson’s research. A daunting task for even the most able-bodied person, Eva still felt confident she could help Alan achieve this goal. After assessing him, she recommended an extensive program of self-myofascial release exercises to keep his body mobile and prevent his muscles from “freezing up” (a typical symptom of Parkinson’s disease) when he did the climb. Alan found his corrective exercise regimen so effective that he took his massage tools (and even a small foam roller) with him to Nepal and used them as he completed his climb of Everest!