Treatment of Parkinson’s
Until now, there are no drugs that can cure Parkinson’s disease or delay the disease process. There are, however, medicines that can reduce some complaints. People with Parkinson’s benefit from physiotherapy and, as the symptoms increase, also from occupational therapy and / or speech therapy.
What you can do yourself
If you have Parkinson’s disease, moving becomes increasingly difficult. Nevertheless, it is important to remain active and to ensure that your condition does not unnecessarily deteriorate further. Make sure that exercise becomes part of your daily routine; so you keep it full longer.
During the day you probably have good and less good periods. This has to do with the time at which you use your Parkinson’s medication. Use the good moments. You will then be less bothered by your illness, making exercise easier and more fun. It is best to exercise in different ways. One day you do exercises to strengthen your muscles and the next day you work on your endurance.
Doing two things at the same time can be extra difficult and risky for Parkinson’s patients. If you have a conversation while walking, you pay less attention to the way you move. This increases the chance that you will lose your balance and fall. Therefore try to do one thing at a time.
What physiotherapy can do
In Parkinson’s disease, physiotherapy treatment focuses on preventing, stabilizing or reducing problems while moving. Our physiotherapist helps you to build or maintain your condition and to improve specific daily activities. He or she can also help you gain control of pain and teach you how to breathe properly.
It is wise to go to one of our physiotherapists if you:
- Want to learn how to move as effectively as possible with this disease
- It is difficult to exercise regularly
- Have questions about (safe and appropriate) exercise
- Have problems with “normal” daily activities such as walking, getting up from a chair, turning around in bed or getting into the car
- Are afraid of falling or have (nearly) fallen
- You have pain