City Bike Manufacturer Linus Bike Supports Cycling as Parkinson’s Treatment

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Linus Bike promotes the findings of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute after a study using cycling as treatment showed neurological improvement in victims of Parkinson’s

On December 6, Linus Bike, city bike manufacturer, offered their support after the Cleveland Lerner Research Institute announced a breakthrough in Parkinson’s treatment using cycling.

According to Medical News Today, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute had announced at the Radiological Society of North America 2012 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago their findings on the study.

Jay L. Alberts, co-researcher Chintan Shah, and other colleagues from the Cleveland Clinic, according to Medical News Today, “used functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) to investigate the effect of exercise on 26 patients aged from 30 to 75 with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease.”

“They found increases in task-related connectivity between the primary motor cortex and the posterior region of the brain's thalamus, and conclude that faster pedaling rate was the key factor in these improvements, which were still present at follow-up. Some of the results were similar to patterns of activation during deep brain stimulation of Parkinson's patients, which is a costly and invasive treatment for late stage disease,” reported Medical News Today.

China Reevers, representative of Linus Bike, offered support for the study and hopes that further research will lead to a possible cure. “Many people believe that exercise is the pathway to better living and the same goes for those affected by illnesses such as Parkinson’s.”

Shah commented on the study stating, "forced-rate bicycle exercise is an effective, low-cost therapy for Parkinson's disease."

“Using cycling as a form of treatment is innovative and brings hope to those who can’t afford other treatments,” comments Reevers. “This offers the opportunity for a new outcome for countless people with Parkinson’s.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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