Relieving the Symptoms of Parkinson’s

A little looser, a little more mobile, a little happier…

I have a very special client named Oliver. Oliver’s muscles are constantly subjected to contractions and tremors and he has a very hard time resting or relaxing. As a result, he experiences decreased oxygen to his muscles as well as restrictions and rigidity in his surrounding joints. Oliver has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for 3 years now. He uses massage therapy to ease his symptoms and improve his quality of life. When I visit with Oliver, I apply long, slow and gentle massage strokes to his muscles and joints. My intention during every session is to increase blood flow and oxygen, alleviate tension and encourage relaxation. Over time, massage has enhanced his muscle control, decreased his tremors, eased his challenges of daily activities, and improved his overall quality of life.

After seeing the results of my sessions with Oliver, I decided to perform some online research. I found that I wasn’t the only one that saw impressive results. Based on a case study published in The International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, massage therapy “had a positive effect on reducing resting and postural tremor”.

I highly recommend listening to this podcast for an in-depth discussion on massage for Parkinson’s Disease.

The National Parkinson’s Foundation also promotes massage therapy as an approach to managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. They state that the specific benefits may include: -reduction in rigidity and tremor -improvement in sleep -increase in daily stamina -reduction in anxiety -increased feeling of relaxation

But is Massage Therapy right for you?

Find out with this fact sheet published by The National Parkinson’s Foundation.