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Parkinson's Disease (cont.)

Other Treatment

Physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy can all be helpful for people who have Parkinson's disease.

Special diets

Several nutritional therapies have been suggested as treatments for Parkinson's. None of these have been proved effective. But it is important to maintain general health and to eat a balanced diet.

Before trying a complementary treatment, such as a special diet, talk with your doctor about the safety and potential side effects of the treatment. Talking with your doctor can help you both decide whether a treatment is safe and effective. Complementary treatments should not replace the use of medicines to treat Parkinson's if you are a candidate for treatment with these medicines.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Depression that does not respond to drugs may improve with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT can also improve movement for a short period of time, though the reason for this improvement isn't understood.

Other Places To Get Help


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NIH Neurological Institute
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Phone: 1-800-352-9424
Phone: (301) 496-5751
TDD: (301) 468-5981
Web Address:

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the leading U.S. federal government agency supporting research on brain and nervous system disorders. It provides the public with educational materials and information about these disorders.

American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
135 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: 1-800-223-2732
Phone: (718) 981-8001
Fax: (718) 981-4399
Web Address:

This not-for-profit organization has information and referral centers in most states to provide information on local health services, availability of doctors experienced with the disease, and updated information on medications. APDA has 90 fundraising chapters and more than 400 support groups nationwide.

National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)
1501 NW 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road
Miami, FL 33136-1494
Phone: 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636)
Phone: 1-800-327-4545
Phone: (305) 243-6666
Fax: (305) 243-6073
Web Address:

The National Parkinson Foundation provides information on problems related to Parkinson's disease. It also maintains the Bob Hope National Parkinson Research and Rehabilitation Institute. NPF conducts research on Parkinson's disease, provides doctor referrals, and sponsors a variety of educational programs.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation
1359 Broadway
Suite 1509
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 1-800-457-6676
Phone: (212) 923-4700
Fax: (212) 923-4778
Web Address:

This national not-for-profit organization is dedicated to research on the cause, prevention, treatment, and cure of Parkinson's disease and related conditions. It maintains laboratories and grants postdoctoral and student fellowships. It also provides referrals to support groups and neurologists.

5731 Mosholu Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
Web Address:

WE MOVE is an Internet resource for movement disorder information. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to educating people about the latest treatment options for neurologic movement disorders. WE MOVE also has information on support groups and hosts discussions and chat rooms on the website.

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