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What therapies can help Parkinson's patients?

Besides medication and surgery, Parkinson's patients may benefit from physical therapy and other kinds of therapy.

Here are some of the therapies that may prove beneficial:

  • Massage can reduce muscle tension and promotes relaxation
  • Tai chi can improve flexibility, strength and balance
  • Yoga can improve flexibility and balance
  • Eating healthy can relieve constipation, one of the symptoms of Parkinson's
Dr. Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiologist

There are seveal therapies which can help Parkinson's patients. Several medications can be used to treat the symptoms of the disease. Engaging in regular physical activity including walking, stretching, and aerobic activities can be very helpful. Some patients will benefit from working with physical, occupational, or speech therapists.

Other therapies besides medicine can help people with Parkinson’s disease and are just as important, like physiotherapy, yoga or tai chi to make moving easier. Occupational therapy can help with useful ideas, gadgets, devices and sources of support, so that people can still do the things they like and need to do. Speech and language therapy will help if people have problems talking.

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