If your senior loved one is living with Parkinson’s, there are a few things you can do to help him or her relieve back pain without the use of medications. Cincinnati senior care professionals recommend the following, but be sure to speak with your loved one’s physician prior to beginning any new exercise routine or making significant dietary changes.
1. Stretching and Exercise
Stretching not only improves balance and flexibility, but it can provide lasting relief for back pain by stretching out the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Also, low-level exercises like yoga and tai chi can help strengthen the back muscles, thereby decreasing back pain.
Acupuncture is a well-known treatment for chronic back pain. Using sterile needles, the acupuncturist will apply them to anatomic points on the body. One theory suggests this relieves pain by releasing chemicals from the brain throughout the body, alleviating pain, and improving bodily functions.
Not only do massages promote relaxation, they help loosen up the back muscles, alleviate tension, and reduce stress.
Applying heat with a heating pad or by taking a bath can benefit stiff, cramped muscles. The heat will loosen over-exerted muscles, allowing them to heal quicker by dilating the blood vessels.
Maintaining a healthy diet loaded with the right vitamins and minerals can help minimize back pain. Vitamin A aids in the formation of bone, helps repair tissue, and assists in effective use of protein. Magnesium also helps the body use protein effectively, and also helps preserve bone density and muscle tone.
Studies show people with Parkinson’s disease have experienced more pain when depressed than those who weren’t. Having a positive outlook can help someone maintain physical activity like gardening and walking and decrease back pain while restoring overall health.
To learn more about meeting the care needs of a loved one with Parkinson’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Parkinson’s care in Cincinnati. Our experienced caregivers are available on an as-needed or live-in basis, and can assist with personal care, transportation, cooking, and light housework. Call us at 513-891-2273 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager.