Parkinson’s disease is a “neurodegenerative brain disorder in which 60 to 80% of the patients neurons become damaged and as a result their bodies cannot produce enough dopamine to control proper motor functioning.” As a results, those with Parkinson’s disease often make unpredictable erratic movements and have tremors. While medication is prescribed to help combat some of these motor system problems, massage therapy has also been proven to be an effective treatment for patients with Parkinson’s.
One positive effect that massage therapy has on Parkinson’s patients is a reduction in muscle spasms. Massage therapy can also benefit Parkinson’s patients by improving blood circulation which helps to calm the nervous system. The ability of massage therapy to reduce tremors and decrease muscle tension in turn also improves sleep patterns and allows patients to sleep for longer amounts of time.