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What Complementary Therapies Help Support Parkinson's Symptom Management?

When it comes to managing symptoms for Parkinson’s, many of us want to think outside of the box. What can we do to eliminate adding more medication? Is there something more natural we can try? We know exercise and movement are key strategies with research proven to minimize symptoms of Parkinson’s. But what about massage, acupuncture, or guided imagery?

Conventional medicine has come a long way when it comes to helping people with PD live well. Between the varieties and combinations of medications and surgical therapies, many people with PD have been able to find conventional treatment regiments that work well for them.

​However, the options to help people with Parkinson's live well don't stop there. There are various complimentary therapies that people with Parkinson's experiment with, under the care of their medical team, to reduce symptoms even more.

​Complementary therapies are those that are used alongside medical treatment. This is different from alternative therapies, which are used in place of traditional medical treatment. People with PD choose to try complementary therapies for a variety of reasons:

  • They aren't getting the relief they want from their Parkinson's medications

  • They see it as a way to take control of their health

  • They've heard from friends with PD that a specific therapy worked for them

  • They like the social aspect that comes with participating in many complementary therapies

  • Their complementary therapies of choice makes them feel more at ease, relaxed, and at peace

​Complementary Therapies can also include any forms of exercise. We break down many of the common complementary therapies used to support Parkinson’s symptoms on the Parkinson’s Disease Resource Center at . If there is any proven research, we include it. We also provide listings and resources for where you can go for these therapies across Alabama. These therapies include:

  • Acupuncture

  • Art Therapy

  • Ayurveda Medicine

  • Feldenkrais Method

  • Glutathione Therapy

  • Guided Imagery

  • Homeopathy

  • Massage

  • Medical Marijuana

  • Music Therapy

  • Laughter Yoga

  • Mindfulness

  • Reiki

The Parkinson's Association of Alabama provides awareness and education about possible complementary therapies to incorporate into your overall wellness plan. The PAA does not endorse or suggest any specific therapy and it is at the discretion of each person living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners for incorporating any complementary therapies into their wellness plan. You should always consult with your physician prior to starting any new complimentary therapy treatments.


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