We have called this page 'Other Therapies' but it includes what you may call 'Complementary Therapies' or 'Alternative Therapies'. On the Alphabetical Index above are 35 major therapies with details about them and contacts. They are up to date as of September 2011. We welcome any feedback from users of this site, either on our content (all positive contributions are welcome) or about your experience of using these therapies. We hope to use feedback from users of the therapies on additional pages to this site as we receive them.
We know both from general reputation and feedback from Parkinsons patients who regularly use a variety of Complementary therapies, that there is help to be obtained from them in various ways.
Firstly it is highly unlikely any cure will result from Complementary therapies, anymore than presently it does from medical interventions. However, Other Therapies can certainly make a positive difference to a variety of symptoms brought on by Parkinsons such as stiffness, lack of body tone and balance, bad posture, weakness of voice, loss of rhythm, anxiety and depression. Their effects vary according to the treatment and practitioner, the length of time they are done for and so on. In the same way that Parkinsons varies from person to person, so is the likely outcome of the various available treatments.
Thus we have to offer advice as a responsible organisation on a series of simple cautionary steps to ensure you get the best possible and most positive treatment if you choose to use one of these therapies to support your quality of life.
1.Check if the practitioner is qualified and if so what qualifications they have and how long they have been practising.
2.Check if they have treated Parkinson's patients before and what success they claim for their treatments.
3.Check on the costs and compare them if possible with other practitioners to ensure they are fair.
4.Don't be persuaded into a lengthy period of treatment, but initially try half a dozen sessions to see if you feel any help or improvement. If you don't notice any difference or benefit after this time, it is probably not worth continuing.
5.Approach the treatment in a really positive frame of mind, believing it will help you. A positive mindset is very valuable when you have Parkinson's regardless of what treatment you may use, as we constantly emphasise
We believe any steps you take of your own volition in your fight against Parkinson's help to maintain your freedom of action, independence and autonomy. Thus trying a variety of these kinds of treatments, can provide a significant on-going psychological boost, simply because you are choosing to act and maintain control over Parkinson's as opposed to being entirely passive and having Parkinson's control you. The more you remain positive and are able to encourage yourself, by these kind of actions, the better you are likely to maintain the quality of your life. Thus we encourage you to try any you care to without necessarily being able to recommend any particular one.
Bear in mind these are nearly always private treatments and therefore there is a personal financial cost involved. Some may be available via courses through your local Parkinsons group, such as Tai Chi, Voice Workshops, Dance and Exercise and Movement classes of one kind or another.