Shake It Off, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non profit, incorporated in Pennsylvania. Shake It Off was founded by Christopher Cianci, D.C. after his wife Jodi was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease.
One year after the Cianci’s were married, his wife Jodi was told she had Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. They were told by one doctor that she could either do ‘nothing’ or take ‘some meds’, but for this athletic couple, these were not options. They started a journey to find how they could fight back. The newlyweds visited Dr. Jay Alberts at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where he conducted research on biking, the brain, and Parkinson’s. Evidence showed a 35% reduction in symptoms of those with PD by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at 80-90 RPMs for 45 minutes, three times a week. Further, new research shows, it may even slow the progression. Jodi has been doing a version of Dr. Albert’s program by taking spinning classes 3 times a week and the results thus far have been remarkable. After only 6 weeks of cycling, Chris was the first to notice a return in her fine motor skills. She was able to use her right hand again and her once small handwriting looked as legible as it did 15 years prior to her diagnosis.
Shake It Off's wants those affected by this disease to know that they too can "shake off" Parkinson’s by focusing on fitness and exercise to help relieve the symptoms, until a cure is found.
DID YOU KNOW...
Over one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder whose symptoms can progress from mild shaking to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. Parkinson can strike at any age. One of the youngest diagnosed was only 15 years old (Juvenile Parkinsonism).
There is no cure for this neurological disease, but with breakthroughs in research we may be getting closer than ever to slowing the progression.
Video from Fox 47, showing the power of the pedals!