Parkinson’s

parkinsonParkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time.

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Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, but it can be treated. Most Parkinson’s disease treatments aim to restore the proper balance of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine by increasing dopamine levels. Drugs are the standard way of doing this. Many alternative therapies, including acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage can be beneficial and decrease the effects of the disorder. Our team of physical therapists can help to restore normal body alignment, enhance balance and motor responses, and improve the ability to initiate motion. Our doctor’s may also recommend lifestyle changes, especially ongoing aerobic exercise.