Treatments and therapies for Parkinson's
The main way to manage your Parkinson's day-to-day is with medication, therapies and exercise.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson's. But drug treatments, therapies (such as physiotherapy) and exercise can help you ease your symptoms.
Some people also find complementary therapies helpful, for example aromatherapy and massage.
Surgery can be an option for people with more complex Parkinson's.
Find out more about each of these things below.
Drug treatments for Parkinson's
Parkinson's drugs can improve your symptoms and you'll be prescribed what's right for you.
They are grouped by type (class). These are levodopa, dopamine agonists, MAO-B Inhibitors, COMT inhibitors, amantadine and anticholinergics. Co-careldopa (Sinemet) is a common levodopa medication, for example.
The three main types of therapy are:
- speech and language therapy
- occupational therapy
Complementary therapies include things like massage and aromatherapy. There is little scientific evidence for them but many people have told us they find them a useful way of managing their symptoms.
Exercise for Parkinson's
Emerging evidence suggests that increasing exercise to 2.5 hours per week can be as important as medication in managing Parkinson's symptoms.