David Smith who also goes by the handle the “Parkinson’s Shooter” has a very interesting way of dealing with the tremors that are associated with the disease. He uses gun therapy! Its very apparent that it seems to be effective as well as there are tons of videos of him slinging lead at various competitions across the country.
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Almost as soon as he raises the gun to take the shot the tremors disappear.
According to FoxNews David Smith had long been a competitive shooter, and he wasn’t going to allow a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to end his hobby.
The 46-year-old, now considered by Guns.com a “powerhouse on the competitive circuit,” and who just scored a spot at the 2019 World Rifle Shoot in Sweden, was first diagnosed with the crippling nervous system disorder eight years ago.
But rather than shrinking away, Smith confronted Parkinson’s head-on and developed what he calls “gun therapy” as a means to control the tremors that come with the illness.
And when he lifts his firearm to the ready, those debilitating shakes disperse. In the gun world, he is the “Parkinson’s Shooter.”
“The disease had taken away everything from me in terms of my ability to eat and drink or do anything without help. Shooting was all I had left, it was all I could do,” Smith told Fox News Thursday. “It made me feel normal…
Meet David Smith, AKA Shaky Dave. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 7 years ago at age 39, declared war on it, and has been one hell of a fighter since!Never giving up, Dave started taking on various activities but noticed that shooting had the most calming effect on him.“I picked up a gun and my hand went steady. Not only that, my whole body felt normal. Off to the races I went.Fast forward to today and I am still shooting everyday as my therapy. I started competing in local shooting matches on the weekend with able body shooters. Even though I show up at the match with my walking cane barely able to walk unassisted, my gun family welcomed me. Apprehensive at first because of safety concerns…until they saw me shoot. These have become some of my best friends and biggest supporters of my Parkinson’s journey. Recently I have been trying to get used to the title of athlete and sponsored shooter instead of Parkinson’s patient. Now sponsored By F1 firearms and Ortiz Custom guns, my war on Parkinson’s just took on a new level of intensity! I’m at the happiest point my life yet everyday dealing with a debilitating disease. My advice to everyone is to find what makes you steady, and pursue it like you never pursued anything before in your life.”America, Let's give it up for one incredible human. 🇺🇸 #AmericansNeverQuit #proud #wesaluteyou
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