Treatments and therapies for Parkinson's

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

Everyone's Parkinson's is unique. So different combinations of medication, physical activity 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 help you manage your symptoms.

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.

Physical activity for Parkinson's

Being active for 2.5 hours a week can help manage Parkinson’s symptoms, and has a positive impact both physically and mentally.

Break a sweat. Lift your mood. Live well with Parkinson's.

Therapies for Parkinson's

The 3 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.

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.