Treatments and therapies for Parkinson's

The 3 main treatments to help you manage your Parkinson's are medication, exercise and therapies.

Everyone's Parkinson's is unique. So different combinations of medication, exercise and therapies will suit different people. Talk to your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse and see what works for you. 

Find out more about each of these treatments 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.

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.

Therapies and complementary therapies

The three main types of therapy are:

  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy
  • occupational therapy

These can help you manage your Parkinson's day to day and take control of your condition.

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Complementary therapies include things such as aromatherapy, massage and conductive education.

Although there isn't much evidence for complementary therapies, many people with Parkinson's tell us they find them helpful.

Paul uses art therapy to manage his tremor. Watch his video to find out more.