Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that often leaves seniors with joint stiffness and pain. While there are some prescription medications available to help alleviate pain, there are certain supplements and activities that can help bring additional relief. The following are natural and safe ways seniors and their 24/7 Greater Hartford caregivers can help minimize and manage the symptoms and pains associated with Parkinson’s disease.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and an essential vitamin that has many benefits. In addition to promoting positive heart health and combating certain types of cancer, studies suggest that taking a Vitamin E supplement, or eating foods that are rich in Vitamin E may slow down Parkinson’s symptoms such as memory loss and the ability to perform basic tasks requiring motor ability. Some good sources of Vitamin E include fish, eggs, nuts and dark green vegetables.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture is being accepted more and more by mainstream medicine as a way to relieve pain and discomfort. This form of therapy uses needles to stimulate energy centers in the body. In Parkinson’s patients, acupuncture may reduce pain as well as help with other symptoms such as insomnia and depression. When considering acupuncture, it’s important to find a qualified and experienced practitioner.
- Gentle Exercise – Although many forms of exercise can be challenging for people with Parkinson’s, performing gentle movements on a consistent basis can help maintain stamina, balance and flexibility. Exercises such as yoga and tai chi are great in promoting activity while also helping to reduce the stress that often accompanies illness. For patients who are able to, walking is another activity that can be extremely therapeutic.
- CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is a substance produced naturally by the body. It is essential for maintaining the health of all the cells. However with age, the body naturally produces less and less CoQ10. People with Parkinson’s tend to have low levels of this vital nutrient in their bodies, so taking a supplement may help to treat certain symptoms of this disease.
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