04 Apr 5 surprising treatments for Parkinson’s disease that you probably don’t know about
Usually, treatments for for Parkinson’s disease are pharmacological (Carbidopa- levadopa) and, in some cases, surgical. However, sometimes these are not enough.
Significant lifestyle changes (daily exercise, healthy and balanced diet, etc.) and the combination of complementary therapies can significantly relieve symptoms.
Here we have put together 5 options that can significantly control the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Massages are an excellent way to manage Parkinson’s symptoms because they:
- Reduce tension in the muscles (they promote relaxation)
- Promote cellular nutrition
- Reduce anxiety
This ancient form of exercise from China can be practised by people of any age or physical condition, and its slow and fluid movements:
- Improve balance and flexibility
- Promote stability
- Strengthens muscles (which can help prevent or reduce falls)
A practice that allows for greater self awareness, not just mentally, but also physically. Self reflection helps patients control motor and non-motor symptoms because:
- It reduces stress
- Eases pain
- Increases general sense of wellbeing
Owning a dog or cat (yes, cats work too) is a great form of therapy for Parkinson’s patients as:
- Implies physical activity (which increases flexibility and movement)
- Helps patients stay lucid
- Boosts mental health and emotional state
Many studies suggest (and prove) that a specific oil present in marijuana, CBD, has powerful therapeutic properties. It is an ancient plant that, when handled properly, is incredible for counteracting symptoms as:
- Helps combat depression (one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s)
- Reduces tremors
- Promotes relaxation
*Always check to see if it is legal in your jurisdiction before obtaining any cannabis-based product.
There are many other alternative treatments, and whilst it is important to remember that everyone is different, some can greatly improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.