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There is More Than Medicine To Treat Parkinson’s

There is More Than Medicine To Treat Parkinson’s

Your medications are vital to maintaining your Parkinson’s disease, but there are therapies and other opportunities that you can take advantage of to better your health, on your own. Talk with your neurologist about what you are considering.  Depending upon your comfort zone, some therapies may be out of the realm of your idea of what you are alright with. My best advice is to keep an open mind and be a little skeptical. Some therapists may offer an introductory discount, a sample of their work for free, or some offer to show that they are willing to work with you.

What may work for some, may not work for others. Persistence and seeking complementary therapies may help to relieve tension, stress, and anxiety, which all contribute to compounding the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Do your research into what is available in your area.

Beware of exaggerated claims of improvements from providers, yet don’t close the door on any one therapy without doing your homework to the potential efficacy of the therapy. Try to get sound referrals, from those who you trust. Sometimes, a therapy may just drop in your lap, as it did for me.

I wasn’t looking for any type of therapy at the time, and yet rather than me going to it, it came to me. Sometimes, lightning hits in the right places.

Trying reiki Skeptic to believer

I had never even heard of reiki and if I had, I probably would have rejected it. I think the reason that I was willing to experiment with reiki was due to the man who introduced me to this remarkable therapy. He started as a complete stranger and became a mentor, a friend, and a teacher.

This gentleman, Gilbert, had just moved his office less than a mile as a crow flies from my house. My father, who was several states away, got a referral from a friend that a certain therapy might be good for Parkinson’s disease, and that I should find someone in my area who performed that therapy. After some digging, I found Gilbert, who also performed that therapy, but also practiced reiki. I went to see him and he explained his work.

He told me that he did several modalities of energy work and that reiki was a way to replenish the body’s energy. He explained that we lose energy due to stress and the act of daily living. I, at first, found the thought of reiki to be hokey and ridiculous. I realized that as long as I was there, that I had little to lose. My wife had come to the appointment with me, and she felt similarly. I decided to try the reiki but she had told me that she wanted to decline the reiki.

I was tired and having a tough day. I got on the massage table. I was fully clothed and lying on the table. I immediately fell asleep and woke an hour later, feeling refreshed and so much more energized. My wife, seeing how good I was feeling, immediately changed her mind. She found the same amazing results that I had experienced. Almost 20 years later, we are reiki masters.

Therapies come in different sizes

I have tried cranialsacral therapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, qi gong, meditation, and a few others. I would say that most have given me some relief, some more than others. Everyone is different, and it is up to the individual to find the therapy that works for them. Be careful, skeptical, but open and alert to make sure that your provider is reputable.

I encourage you to find a non-invasive therapy to try.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • Shamsa
    1 month ago

    Complementary therapies are definitely useful to use alongside medication. Things such as chiropractic care and massage have real therapeutic benefits. But, if you have PD, the likelihood is that you are unable to work and in the vast majority of instances, these therapies are all very expensive to undertake regularly. Most start at about £30 hourly minimum. If you access and commit to 2/3 therapies regularly ….the bill soon amounts up. So, in theory, it’s a lovely fanciful notion to use reflexology, reiki, acupuncture….Yadda Yadda…..but for the average Joe Bloggs, diagnosed with PD these therapies are inaccessible. Sorry to be a doom monger, but this has been my personal experience.

  • Karl R moderator author
    1 month ago

    Shamsa, you are not a “doom monger” for telling the truth. In many areas of the United States and many nations around the world, there is a shortage of free or low cost complementary therapies. This shouldn’t be that way. The good news is that meditation is free to us all. Try the Headspace App for free for 30 days, if you need a start. Some Yoga centers will do work exchanges. As for reiki, massage, and other modalities you may be pleasantly surprised by some of the practitioners willing to help if you just ask them for help. It is worth a try. Seek an out of the box arrangement with your practitioner that you both can agree upon. Best of luck and thanks for your comment.

  • Michael
    2 years ago

    Can anyone else comment on this “Reiki”
    I read the article and I am fairly new to all of this
    I was diagnosed a year ago and went about taking my meds and thinking I could beat/ control this Parkinson’s disease as I have beaten everything else in my life. I am just finding now That I wasted time I cannot do this on my own My symptoms Have worsened and I am left and feeling defeated. Someone please post what you know about this therapy and any others like it that you are sure produces results

  • Karl R moderator author
    1 year ago

    Michael, I am so sorry for missing this reply and taking so long to get back! I will say that experiencing reiki and practicing it for over 20 years has changed my life! I find it empowering, energizing, and very helpful. We all are different and may be drawn to other callings, like massage, yoga, or a combination of modalities–the key is to explore and find the one or more that you find helpful. Best of luck in your search, I hope that this helps. Karl, Community Team Member

  • davekoch
    1 year ago

    Hi Michael,

    Not sure if you are still following this but I am a physical therapist and I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago. There are many different exercise approaches that can also be beneficial. If you are interested in learning more, let me know. Dave

  • Karl R moderator author
    1 year ago

    Hi Dave, thanks for your comment! I know that reiki has improved my life, my PD, and taught me so much! I would love to hear about how reiki helps you.

    Karl, Community Team Member

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