Other Therapies

Non-pharmacological treatments are important for many patients. Such treatments not only help to relieve some of the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, but can also aid in management of postural instability and non-motor symptoms. Determining which non-drug treatments may best address and treat your Parkinson's disease should be done in consultation with physicians and other caregivers involved in your overall treatment plan.

Exercise. Given current knowledge about the universal health benefits of exercise, it is not surprising that exercise and physical therapy are the most frequently suggested non-pharmacological treatments for Parkinson's disease. Exercise programs can help people with Parkinson's stay active and relatively limber, and improve balance and motor coordination. Some doctors also prescribe physical therapy or muscle-strengthening exercises.

Exercise may have effects on some of the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's as well. For example, exercise can reduce sleep dysfunction and can improve overall emotional health.

Other exercise programs that can be beneficial include yoga, tai chi, and chi gong. Rock Steady Boxing http://sanantonio.rsbaffiliate.com/ ;

Speech Therapy.  Parkinson's can bring on problems with speech, including reduced or fading volume, vocal clarity issues, and reduced or increased pace of speaking.  Speech therapy is increasingly viewed as an intervention that can greatly enhance ability to communicate and overall quality of life.  Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is the program most frequently recommended.

Occupational Therapy.  Occupational therapists seek to help people with Parkinson's in a variety of tasks that impact daily living and quality of life, including physical movement, handwriting, dressing, eating,  to adaptation of utensils and other household items.

Psychological Therapy/Counseling. Depression and anxiety can be core symptoms of Parkinson's disease, biochemically based much like rigidity or tremor are.  Left untreated, these symptoms can significantly diminish a person's quality of life and overall health.  Pharmacological treatments in conjunction with psychological therapy and counseling can be helpful.

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