What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is deficiency of dopamine in the body due to the degeneration of substantia nigra in the brain.

Dopamine is a chemical responsible for many body processes including:

  • Movement

  • Memory

  • Mood

  • Sleep

  • Learning

Without dopamine, our muscles loose coordination, the ability to learn and remember decreases, mood destabilizes, and sleep can become irregular.

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How Can Massage therapy help?

The key reason massage therapy is so powerful in helping the symptoms of those with Parkinson’s Disease is that research shows that massage therapy increases levels of dopamine in the body.

In patients with Parkison’s disease, “one study showed that massage helped boost self-confidence, well-being, walking abilities, and performance of daily living activities.”

For your loved one with Parkinson’s disease, massage therapy is more than a one day treatment. It can increase daily cognition

Some examples of studies on massage therapy and Parkinson’s disease ranged from patients receiving two 30 minute session each week for five weeks to having one 60 minute session each week for eight weeks, although many have reported seeing changed in their loved ones as quickly as at the end of the first massage session.

Other ways we Can Help

Traveling with a loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult. You can visit our office for an appointment, or you can book a home visit (or have us visit your healthcare facility) to receive massage therapy appointments.

Have any questions? Email us at allisondowninglmt@gmail.com or call us at 269-200-7530.