How Can Massage Help Parkinson’s Patients?
Massage can increase flexibility and blood flow in the lives of Parkinson’s patients. The following information will give you some of the symptoms, and how massage can benefit people with Parkinson’s. This article will give some background on Parkinson’s and the symptoms.
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What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?
The following information is taken from the book “Parkinson’s Disease: What you and Your Family Should Know, Fourth Edition” written by: The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. My intention is to give a concise explanation of Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that slowly progresses over time. It occurs in the midbrain area called the substantia nigra (Latin term, “black substance”). These nerve cells (neurons) die or become impaired. A vital substance called dopamine is normally produced by these neurons.
The messages communicated between the substantia nigra and the corpus striatum is the responsibility of dopamine. It is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting the signal between them. Dopamine allows muscles to move smoothly and function in a coordinated way.
Before the chief features of PD manifest, studies have shown that approximately 80% of the substantia nigra are lost in the brain. It is unknown as to the cause of the cell death or impairment.
There is a theory that free radicals, exposure to pesticides and poisons in food supplies could be external triggers that could hypothetically cause PD.
Benefits of Massage Therapy in Parkinson’s Patients
- Reduces pain
- Increases circulation
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Hastens the elimination of wastes and toxins
- Helps to improve sleep
- Naturally increases dopamine
- Gives a sense of well being