Other Treatments for Parkinson Disease

There many other ways to help improve quality of life, such as:

Physical Therapy

A therapist can help you manage problems through exercises that are done at home or in a group. This can help with strength and flexibility. This can ease stiffness and help with balance.

Occupational Therapy

This type of therapy can help with fine motor skills and writing. This can help with skills needed to maintain daily life. It may also mean making changes to the home to make it safe.

Speech Therapy

This therapy may be needed by people who have problems speaking from the disease, such as not speaking loudly enough.

Cognitive Training

Cognitive training uses activities to promote brain health. It works best when done with other healthy habits.


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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 1/27/2021

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