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Last updated  February 25, 2017
By Louise Carr, Contributing Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of Doctors,
Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and other members of our
Editorial Board.]


Shaky Shaking is pretty darn great. When it’s voluntary, that
is. Shaking it out on the dance floor relieves stress and gets
your endorphin levels pumping.


However, there is a portion of the population who shakes
without consent, and would love to stop shaking. Those
include the people affected by tremor diseases, such as
Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor. It’s estimated that one out
of every 500 people has Parkinson’s and about 3-4 million
people in the U.S. live with essential tremor.


Let’s look a little at what happens with each. Parkinson’s is
rooted in the nervous system and affects the ability to move.
It tends to be progressive, and can sometimes start as just a
little shake in the hand. In addition to the tremor factor it
may also cause stiffness and slow movement. When it
progresses more, due to the combination of stiffness and
tremors, your face might show very little expression or your
arms might not sway when you walk. The speech could also
be affected, becoming more slurred.


Essential Tremor is a bit more specific; simply causing
rhythmical shaking of the body. It’s commonly genetically
inherited and treated with medication. Primary Writing
Tremor is a related similar condition where the body shakes
when writing or doing manual tasks.


While people have come up with many ways to treat tremors,
ranging from medication, to deep brain stimulation, to even
Argentine tango, a particularly pleasant one is currently
trending: Massage. Sounds like my favorite kind of medicine.
I would definitely choose it over swallowing some boring pill.


Research shows that a wide variety of massage can help
alleviate symptoms, including Swedish massage, Japanese
massage, shiatsu, reflexology, and even more obscure ones,
such as neuromuscular therapy and the Trager technique.


While there is no official cure-all to either Parkinson’s or
essential tremor, massage can alleviate many of the
unpleasant symptoms associated with them. Read on to find
out about different massage techniques and how they affect
the body that experiences tremors.































1.
Combined Massage Relieves Parkinson’s Disease Tremors
     

Parkinson's disease sufferers can experience severe tremors,
either at rest or while moving. They can also experience
freezes and rigidity.

A combination of  massage therapy techniques have been
found to be effective in lessening these tremors and the
rigidity.

In 2016, therapist Yolanda Casciaro from MacEwan
University in Edmonton, Canada discovered one case in which
massage therapy was quite effective.

The patient was a 63 year old woman with a long-standing
history of Parkinson’s disease.

Over the course of six weeks, she was given a massage
technique that consisted of: deep longitudinal stroking,
muscle squeezing techniques, a passive range of motion
movements, along with general relaxation.

The aim was to promote decrease in muscle tone and activity.

The results of the therapy were very positive.  The massage
therapy treatment significantly reduced resting tremors and
postural tremors.

The massage techniques also temporarily reduced rigidity.


2.
Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, and Hydrotherapy
for Essential Tremor



Massage therapy seems to have not only a positive effect on
Parkinson’s, but also on essential tremor. A combination of
techniques is the key, once again.

Nicole Riou, a graduate massage therapist from MacEwan
University in Edmonton, Canada, examined a 63-year-old
woman whose hands and head were the primary affected
areas.

The goal of the therapy was to reduce sympathetic nervous
firing.

The therapist used 3 different types of massage --- Swedish
massage, hydrotherapy, and myofascial release techniques.

After each session, the intensity of the tremors decreased
and the patient's fine motor skills improved.


3.
Reflexology to Improve Well-being in Those with
Parkinson’s



Reflexology is that special type of massage that involves
touching specific acupressure points on the hands and feet.
The technique has been proven to be beneficial for improving
an array of conditions. In a 2010 study from the University of
Bedfordshire in the U.K., the therapy was discovered to be a
great complement to Parkinson’s. Chris Johns and
researchers looked at the effect of 8 therapy sessions on 16
people with varying degrees of Parkinson’s. The
deterioration of the condition lessened over time, and there
was an improvement in well-being during the active therapy
phase. Johns and colleagues concluded that continuous
reflexology 2-3 times a week could limit deterioration and
promote well-being in those with Parkinson’s.




4.
Japanese Massage Therapy with Medication to Help
Parkinson’s Patients Move Better


Japanese Massage Therapy is traditionally a technique that
involves walking on the backs of patients. A bit unorthodox,
but oddly effective for many. In the case of Parkinson’s, this
type of massage could actually have a large impact.

In 2012, N. Donoyama and researchers from the Tsukuba
University of Technology examined 10 patients with
idiopathic Parkinson’s. They combined 30-minute sessions of
traditional Japanese massage with standard conventional
medication.

Patients improved their gait speed, and those with frozen
shoulder showed an improved range of motion. Donoyama
and colleagues concluded that Japanese massage therapy
along with medication could be effective in alleviating various
symptoms in Parkinson’s patients.



5.
Reflexology for Essential Tremor


The National Tremor Foundation confirms that reflexology is
also a great technique to reduce essential tremor.

Pressing those specific points on the hands and feet is great
for restoring the body’s natural equilibrium. Reflexology can
also relax and provide stress relief.


6.
Neuromuscular Therapy for General Parkinson’s Symptoms


Neuromuscular therapy is a type of specialized deep tissue
massage, which has been found to improve various
symptoms of Parkinson’s.

In 2006, L.H. Craig from the Atlanta School of Massage in
Georgia examined the effects of neuromuscular therapy on
motor and nonmotor symptoms of the disease.

A total 36 patients were randomly assigned to receive either
neuromuscular or music relaxation therapy.

They then received treatment twice a week for four weeks.
Tests were performed at baseline, after the final treatment,
and eight days after the final treatment.

Researchers discovered that neuromuscular therapy can
improve motor and certain non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’
s, although the effect is more durable for motor symptoms.


7.
Trager Massage Reduces Muscle Rigidity in Parkinson's
Patients



The Trager technique is a special type of massage in which
manual massage is combined with a gentle rocking motion. In
a 2002 report from Dr Christian Duval from the Mcgill
University in Quebec, researchers found positive results.

They applied the technique to the upper limbs and body of
patients for 20 minutes. A pre-test and two post-tests were
performed with electromyographic recordings.

The test subjects received treatment on the most rigid side of
their body or on the contralateral side. Half of the patients
got treatment either lying down or sitting in a chair.

Researchers discovered that the stretch reflex inhibition may
reduce muscle rigidity.








































































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A combination of massage techniques
help to quiet tremors and shaking in
many cases.