A few weeks ago I noticed that even though I was now taking PD medication, I was experiencing worse trembling. Then I went for a chiropractic treatment … the first one since October … and I noticed an immediate improvement. The next day I went for another treatment and experienced further improvement. It reminded me of the importance of bodywork for minimizing certain symptoms, particularly trembling!
Last year, I switched my bodywork focus from chiropractic to Bowen therapy. I did so because John Coleman, who fully recovered from PD, included Bowen as part of his protocol. I was still doing chiropractic, but fewer treatments per month.
I stopped doing Bowen in October because it wasn’t helping reduce my symptoms. Also, in part because I was experiencing severe anxiety, I didn’t go for chiropractic treatments in November and December. When I resumed chiropractic in January, I was reminded how helpful it is in minimizing trembling.
In 2011, I started seeing a Body Stress Relief therapist and within six months, the trembling I was experiencing at the time was reduced by about 75%. When I moved to Manitoulin Island in 2016, I switched from BSR to chiropractic because there is no BSR therapist on the island.
Chiropractic treatments help me in three ways:
- Reduces trembling
- Helps with swallowing by relieving tension in the neck
- Helps relieve the tension in my jaw associated with TMJ
If you’re going to see a chiropractor, I would suggest finding one who uses an Activator. An Activator is like a miniature jackhammer and is used to relieve tension in the back muscles. The chiropractor I see primarily uses an Activator and only does a small amount of manual adjustments.
In my experience, bodywork is essential for minimizing certain PD symptoms, particularly trembling. It relieves tension in the muscles, losens up the joints and helps heal old injuries. I urge you to consider it as part of your protocol!
I love chiropractic!