Can Chiropractic Care Help With Parkinson's Disease?


Even though it's a progressive illness, there's an element of unpredictability with Parkinson's disease. The condition progresses differently from patient to patient, and so the most appropriate form of treatment will vary depending on the person, with their treatment evolving in line with the progression of their illness. Treatment typically involves medication, along with supplemental therapy. One such supplemental therapy that can help to alleviate the physical manifestations of the condition is regular chiropractic care.

Physically Demanding

The tremors that are a hallmark of the disease can be physically demanding on the body, with muscles, nerves and tendons in a regular state of flux. This can lead to localised strain, coupled with overall fatigue. This can begin to diminish a patient's range of motion, while creating joint and muscle pain. How does chiropractic care help with these issues?

The Functionality of Nerves

A general chiropractor will treat a patient's spine with a view to improving the functionality of nerves, and it's this straightforward approach that can yield considerable benefits for someone affected by Parkinson's disease. Chiropractic intervention can help to offset nerve interference that has been aggravated by the physical symptoms of the disease. It certainly won't eliminate the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease, but it can greatly improve a patient's general wellbeing.

Talk to Your Doctor

Anyone living with Parkinson's disease shouldn't necessarily seek out a chiropractor of their own accord, and the addition of this supplemental therapy to your treatment plan should be discussed with your doctor, who may wish to refer you themselves or give you the go ahead to make an appointment with a chiropractor of your choosing. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor about the appropriateness of chiropractic care in your case, and you shouldn't necessarily wait for them to raise the topic. 

Regular Chiropractic Appointments

When receiving chiropractic care for your Parkinson's disease, you shouldn't expect any immediate tangible results. Regular intervention to offset nerve interference is necessary, and so you will need to make regular visits to a chiropractor before you can begin to feel the benefits. The results of this supplemental therapy should be discussed with your doctor to help them to gauge the effectiveness of your chiropractic care. 

Sadly, Parkinson's disease cannot be cured, but the progression of the illness can be addressed with appropriate treatment. For many patients, chiropractic care can be an effective form of supplemental treatment to alleviate certain physical aspects of the condition, so it's worth discussing with your doctor. Contact a general chiropractor to learn more.


25 May 2021

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