If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or know somebody who has, you’ve probably got a lot of questions and concerns. It’s natural to panic and be overloaded with information.
This article looks at what alternative therapies are available and what affects they offer.
It is worth noting that alternative therapies have not been proven to slow or reduce the effects of Parkinson’s however it can introduce a positive experience.
Alternative therapies are available in many forms however as Parkinson’s can affect people differently it is worth considering exploring more than one option.
As medicine focuses on understanding problems that are causing symptoms the alternative therapy aims to treat the mind and body.
What therapies are used for Parkinson’s?
There are many alternative therapies that may prove helpful however we have selected a few that focus on movement and a healthy mind.
Dancing can be an enjoyable experience for many, introducing this as a social activity can prove to be therapeutic and improve quality of life.
Dances such as tango and ballroom may benefit people with Parkinson’s as it focuses on balance and rhythm.
Group dance classes can encourage social interaction but it is also something you can try in the comfort of your own home.
Aromatherapy is used to help relaxation. Research has suggested that it can have a calming effect on anxiety and angst. Essential oils are used to treat the person which can be carried out by a massage, be inhaled or used in a bath.
Although aromatherapy can aid in relaxation there is not much research on how effective it is in helping with Parkinson’s.
It is worth noting that essential oils should never be swallowed. Speak with your GP or Parkinson’s nurse before using essential oils as people can experience allergic reactions.
Art in any form is a great way to express emotion in a productive and positive way.
Art therapy is slightly different to a conventional art class.
It introduces psychotherapy by using art to communicate feelings.
Art therapy can be held in a group session or individually, qualified art therapists hold these sessions and believe it allows people to express physical and emotional issues.
Massage helps with deep relaxation, support and increased vitality.
Shiatsu massage is a Japanese form of therapy and has become popular for treatments focusing on conditions such as frozen shoulder which is a symptom that occurs in Parkinson’s.
It is worth noting that there is no proven evidence of shiatsu massage being effective in Parkinson’s.
Please consult your GP before trying this form of massage, shiatsu therapists should be registered with a professional body and is insured.