Recommended by neurologists, tango helps to reduce the progression of the symptoms displayed by this disease.
Parkinson is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nearly 4 million people around the world. It is a cronic and progressive illness that frequently manifestss through tremors, stiffness, slow motions, stooped posture, sleep disorders and physical fatigue. However, and fortunately, tango therapy has become an alternative thar helps with this and other issues.
It is important to aknowledge that Parkinson is not a deadly disease. No one dies from Parkinson itself, however, medical studies reveal that once the disease is established, there is no turning back to a “non Parkinson” form. Nevertheless, the evolution of its symptoms can be controled with excercises that estimulate body movements.
And this is how tango makes its appearence as an ideal tool to establish a motor, a cognitive and even speech therapy rehabilitation. The characteristics in the enviroment surrounding tango sessions are highly recommended by neurologists and neuropsycologists, that highlight that dancing in couples, benefit both equilibrium and social skills.
Tango to fight Parkinson ́s disease is very productive in two main aspects. The first one, is generated by the “front and back” steps and the fact that it is done in a circular display on the dance floor. This excercises work through the motor system, which is in charge of body movements, posture, elasticity and cinetic rhythm.
The second one, since tango is danced in couples, it provides us with tools as to strenghten our social skills. The milonga hug, intertwined hands, the closeness, verbal and non verbal communication are just some of the ingredients that tango couples have to manage in order to build trust, security and a good humor.
Nowadays there are hundreds of tango academies and health institutions around the world that have incorporated tango therapy as part of the rehabilitation program for Parkinson ́s disease. And is there a better way to confront a disease than having fun by dancing?