Parkinson’s disease is a condition that involves movement disorder. The brain produces a chemical called dopamine. In Parkinson’s patients, this chemical begins decreasing due to a degenerative process. When around 80 percent of the dopamine level is lost in the brain, symptoms begin appearing in the patient.

chiropractic can help parkinsons patients with movement Chiropractic Can Help Parkinson’s Patients With MovementParkinson’s is chronic in nature, without a known cure. Symptoms that usually bring out awareness in a person include:

  • Tremors
  • Stiffness and rigidity in the muscles
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance
  • Problems walking
  • Depression and fatigue

Usual treatment involves one of two types of drugs: levodopa, which is a chemical version of dopamine, and/or dopamine agonists, which are drugs that allow the dopamine that is present to have more action until the breakdown process occurs.

There are a variety of problems with these methods. First, the drug tends to lose its effectiveness over time. And second, there is some evidence that levodopa may be toxic to the nerves that make dopamine.

Which is why more and more Parkinson’s patients are looking for other alternatives to work along side their traditional care methods.

Chiropractic care can be especially helpful because all focus is placed on the muscles and joints that make up a person’s nervous system. Chiropractic can help with the pain associated with Parkinson’s and create healthier movement patterns that help a person have more flexibility and strength in daily activities.

Have Parkinson’s disease? Give us a call today and find out what benefits chiropractic will have in your overall approach to living.


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