Parkinson’s disease affects the nervous system in the area responsible for coordinating activity, muscle tone and movement.
It is a slowly progressing and disabling neurodegenerative disease, both physically, cognitively and socially.
Physiotherapy can be of great help in improving the mobility and physical condition of people suffering from this disease, as it favours mobility, facilitates the activity of daily routines, independence, integration, autonomy and emotional well-being.
In fact, there are many benefits. But do we know which physiotherapeutic treatments are recommended for Parkinson’s?
On the one hand, we have massages. As we have said, it reduces stiffness and muscle tension.
It also improves blood circulation and muscle atrophy. This will improve something very common in patients with this disease: oedemas and inflammation.
On the other hand, there is kinesitherapy, also known as movement therapy. This increases the flexibility and plasticity of the muscles, as well as preventing changes that could cause deformities.
This technique consists of slow exercises, which are carried out progressively and rhythmically on a daily basis, all under the supervision of a professional.
Another technique that is highly recommended for on-the-go rehabilitation is hydrotherapy. This consists of baths at a temperature of between 37ºC and 38ºC.
This has a relaxing effect on the muscles and the mind.
In addition, in the water it is very easy to perform trunk twists and limb movements, among other exercises.
Although there is no cure for these illnesses, we can achieve an improvement in the quality of life of the patient, improving their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.