When you’ve been blessed with the companionship of the Little Monster we so familiarly and ‘un-affectionately’ call Parkinson’s Disease, you may get tense and tight at the mere mention of… PD.
For some with Parkinson’s, you haven’t experienced much stiffness. Maybe no pain. Maybe lots. Whether you have or not, there is something you can do for yourself that will keep you a little looser, a little more mobile, a little happier. It’s a little treat you can give to yourself.
A massage. Massage therapy has been proven to improve the patient’s day to day activities, sleeping habits, walking, stress, and more. Rigidity, stiffness, fatigue and more have also been proven to get relief from this little treat. If these symptoms aren’t addressed, depression, a poor self-esteem, and or isolation can set in or get worse.
In a five week study where patients with PD were given muscle relaxants versus massage therapy two times a week, both groups showed improvement but the trophy went to those receiving massages. They showed a greater response in their ability to handle day to day activities and in their stress levels (going down).
We’ve always known a back rub feels nice. A massage will not only help the rigidity, stiffness, stress, etc., it will leave you feeling great. Most neurologists or Movement Disorder Specialists will advise you to add this as part of your treatment. So, grab your car keys and tootle on down to the local massage therapist (make sure you choose someone reputable – consult your doctor), and make yourself an appointment. Maybe you’ll have timed it well and be the next in line.
Check your healthcare insurance program. Some will cover this type of treatment to some degree, as it is considered treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.