Thursday, 4 April 2013

Complementary therapies and Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month with UK Parkinson’s Awareness Week 15-21 April this year and this debilitating condition is a neurological disorder that my Dad suffers from.

My Dad has always been fit and well.  He’s never smoked or drank and kept himself fit as a self-employed plumber.  Approximately 20 years ago (yes, he was diagnosed young) his little finger started to tremor and after months of tests he was finally diagnosed with Parkinsons.  Luckily my father has always been a strong willed, determined person and I’m sure this mental toughness has aided his battle against this condition.

For an explanation of Parkinson’s Disease and further information, may I suggest you visit the Parkinson’s UK website

My father didn’t believe Reiki would help and this is just our personal experiences.  However, he was willing to give something different a try.  We find during a Reiki session that Dad’s tremor become less pronounced, his breathing becomes regular, pain relief increases and it helps alleviate any stress he may be feeling. 

Massage has also helped with his muscular tension and stiffness.  Relaxing oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Neroli and Frankincense also seem to help. 

Here are some links to some of the websites I have found who provide information relating to Parkinson’s Disease:-

As always, thanks for reading and if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you below.

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Quick note; I am not a medical practitioner so therefore I’m not prescribing.  All of my blog posts are based on complementary therapies and not as a replacement for conventional medicine.  


  1. My dad also suffered from PD. he was also diagnosed at a young age (49). Hoping your dad keeps healthy and positive!

    1. Hi Kanalt, thanks for your reply and I'm sorry to hear your Dad suffered from PD.