Taking care of our bodies and continuing to move however we can is important for all people, no matter their age or health. For those with Parkinson’s disease, movement becomes even more critical. Parkinson’s disease affects the nerve cells in the brain that control our bodies’ movements. This is why balance issues and tremors are often seen in those with Parkinson’s. Thankfully, for individuals diagnosed with this disease, there are natural ways to improve movement with Parkinson’s disease.
Tai Chi is a martial art based on the concept of balance and coordination. A regular practice of such balance and coordination can help a person with Parkinson’s as they battle both coordination and balance daily.
An ancient form of Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used for centuries to alleviate pain, insomnia, and other issues without the use of medicine. It works by stimulating certain points on the body. Some with Parkinson’s may feel the benefits of acupuncture, such as an improvement in fatigue, which helps in every area.
Hippotherapy has been practiced since the 1960s and uses equine movement as therapy. The rhythmic movements of a horse show therapeutic value to patients. Hippotherapy is known to improve movement for many neurological disorders. It’s an excellent option for those with Parkinson’s disease, as it helps with coordination, balance, and muscle control.
Although there are no studies showing a permanent reduction in tremors after a massage, it may help in causing tremors to subside for a time. Any relief is helpful, and massage can only help our overall health, with its ability to bring relaxation, stress reduction, and rest.
Similar to Tai Chi, yoga encourages balance and focus, which is helpful for those experiencing a loss of muscle control as a result of Parkinson’s disease. Yoga involves a constant flow of stretching movements, is easy on the joints, and offers many levels to cater to each person’s needs.
As we look at these areas that may help improve movement with Parkinson’s disease, keep in mind that every individual with Parkinson’s has their own story and battle with the disease. Each body is different and is at a different stage of the disease. The goal is to keep moving and gain as much muscle and movement control as possible. Always consult your doctor before trying anything new.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s, there are therapies to help slow the effects of this disease. Chariot Innovations is proud to offer Parkinson’s therapy equipment with our hippotherapy simulator, the MiraColt, so all can experience the benefits of equine movement therapy. Contact us, and our caring staff will answer all of your questions about hippotherapy for Parkinson’s disease and all other movement disorders.