Parkinson’s UK reports that although there is little scientific evidence to show that complementary therapies can slow, stop or reverse development of Parkinson’s, many people with the condition have reported positive experiences from therapy sessions. The Branch Committee recognises that care-partners may also benefit from treatments. In August 2019 we launched a Branch funded complementary therapies pilot open to people with Parkinson’s and/or their care-partners living in Edinburgh and Midlothian. The intention is eventually to include East and West Lothian.
The Branch will pay for people to access up to 4 therapy sessions from qualified therapists we have identified and approved. Access to the therapies is by referral from the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist Team or our Parkinson’s UK Local Adviser. Therapies currently available include Aromatherapy, Emotional Well-being Coaching, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, and Massage. Treatments are given at the therapist’s premises, or where possible in a recipient’s home. Therapies currently available are described in this pdf.
Treatments are given at the therapist’s premises, or in some instances may be carried out in a recipient’s home. Once issued to you, with one exception you do not have to use the 4 vouchers with the same therapist. We are keen that you find something that works for you. However, if you want to try the Emotional Well-being Coaching the recommendation is that you stick to this one therapy for the 4 sessions. We hope to add other therapies if the pilot proves successful.
To find out more about the project please contact Branch Committee Member, Gina Allen via firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would like to be referred, please contact P-UK Local Adviser, Abenet Tsegai via 0344 225 3771 or email@example.com – although Abenet is currently on maternity leave, others within the Parkinson’s UK Scotland Office are dealing with her enquiries.