Parkinson’s Disease


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How our therapies and services can support you


A variety of different therapies can help reduce the effect that Parkinson’s Disease has on your body and your life.  Self-care strategies emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms but trying a variety of treatment strategies can have a cumulative effect.

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapists provide a unique contribution to the management of people living with Parkinson’s Disease. People living with Parkinson’s may find they have problems with everyday movements like walking or getting in and out of a chair or bed. Physiotherapy assessment and support can help maintain and improve mobility, flexibility, and balance to ease non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms such as depression, or constipation.

Disease progression can lead to the following physical changes:

  • Loss of joint flexibility, which can affect balance.
  • Decreased muscle strength or deconditioning which can affect walking and the ability to stand up from sitting.
  • Decline in cardiovascular conditioning, which affects endurance.

Our physical activity programmes begin by establishing your physical activity capability level, then developing a programme with you that does not worsen your symptoms.   


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Oxygen Therapy


This is an effective, and safe means of treating and managing some symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and can help treat depression and anxiety. Oxygen Therapy is based on a dramatic increase in the amount of dissolved oxygen carried by the blood which enables oxygenation of ischemic areas with compromised circulation.

It also activates oxidant-antioxidant system, stimulates angio- and neurogenesis, modulates inflammatory response, induces brain neuroplasticity, and possesses analgesic effect. Research suggests that oxygen therapy can help stabilize neuronal function, thereby potentially decreasing the progression of the neurodegeneration observed in Parkinson’s Disease.

Oxygen therapy involves a 15-session initial protocol, consecutive sessions, then weekly sessions to help you manage your symptoms.  


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Adapted Exercise Classes


Our physiotherapy team can teach you exercises that will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina. Gentle low-impact exercise, such as yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi can help maintain bone mass, improve balance, reduce stress, and increase strength. Moving your body may be the last thing you feel like doing, but you have to believe that it really does help. It’s hard at first, but it does get easier.


Complementary Therapies


Complementary approaches used together with conventional medicine are generally accepted as improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.


Acupuncture


Acupuncture helps to reduce many types of chronic pain, which includes headaches, joint pain, and neck pain. So, it's not surprising that many people with Parkinson’s are interested in trying it.

If you're having trouble finding relief for your pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture.


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Aromatherapy Massage


Many people living with Parkinson’s use aromatherapy to help you relax. There hasn’t been much research on how aromatherapy may help with Parkinson’s.

Research does suggest it can have a mild, temporary calming effect on anxiety, Aromatherapy is one of the more commonly offered therapies in NHS hospitals with complementary medicine programmes


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More Information


Parkinson’s Disease can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your symptoms, it may be worth trying complementary therapies. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, it may not be the right treatment for you

 

You can access further and more detailed information on Parkinson’s Disease from the following specialist sites:

Parkinson’s UK. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk

NHS. Parkinson's disease - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Parkinson’s Foundation. https://www.parkinson.org/

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.