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Deep Tissue Massage


Hello Dr. Rodgers,

I would like to ask you a question…

Is deep hard vigorous massage good for a person w/ PD? (This may have  a  2 part answer, for both short & long term effects).

I was diagnosed @ 41, am now 56. I am trying massage w/ new lady starting last Thursday. She is vigorous, wakes up my old sciatic nerve pathways from my cocci to my feet. She does not back-off. She wants me to tough it out, believing in a long term solution.

I have noticed that I get immediate improvement in movement, especially as I yawn,  I assume that gases trapped in the muscles are being released. But the next day it has been much more difficult to get going. Today it was 11:00. Yesterday it was 1:30 pm. But I must also say hat I have fallen on my lower backside on concrete 3 of the last 4 days.

I am seeing the unique Doctor Yanna, trained  in Germany & China. She does initial diagnostic with the “triple pulse of the wrist method”. They also use blood tests, ultrasound and computer diagnostics of the nerve responses of the hands & feet. They treat primarily  with natural  medicines, acupuncture, IV therapy & massage. She believes we can have a major reversal of symptoms in about 2 years if I come to her clinic 2-3 times per year.

Thank you,



I have not heard positive feedback about deep tissue massage and would not recommend it for this reason. John Coleman, ND, author of Stop Parkin’and Start Livin’ reports that deep tissue massage was one therapy that – like you – seemed to backfire for him.

Your therapist is attempting to encourage the release of emotions that are embedded in the tissues. When the therapist presses on a muscle that is painful – if you drop down just under the pain – you will usually see a release.

The problem with a person currently experiencing PD symptoms is that the muscles which are already restricted tend to tighten up more.  The body goes into fear and does not release anything. That is, instead of seeing tissue release they do just the opposite.

People report back they get better results with a body therapy that is more gentle like cranial sacral or energy medicine or for some people Bowen therapy.

Gentle seems to be preferred to invasive. The tissues of the body are already in “fear”and on alert.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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What Therapies Do Not Help Relieve the Symptoms of Parkinson’s?

I had a fascinating interview
with Dr. John Coleman, ND,
this week. John was diagnosed
with Parkinson’s in 1995, but
after experimenting and trying
a wide variety of healing modalities
he is symptom free today.

I was curious about what
approaches and therapies John
tried – and he experimented with
many modalities – that did
not work for him. Here was
my question:

Robert Rodgers: “Which therapies
and approaches did not help relieve
your symptoms? 

John Coleman: “There were a lot.
In general, any form of body work
that was firm or hard. Deep
tissue massage, sports massage –
those sorts of massages – created
extra pain. Vigorous therapies
like chiropractic and other
manipulative therapies also
tended to increase my
symptoms and create pain.”

“Excessive intake of nutritional
supplements tended to have no
effect or make me nauseous or
simply be a waste of money. I
had to be very careful about
homeopathic remedies because
the normal approach in selecting
potencies and frequencies seemed
to aggravate me where a very
gentle, a very cautious approached

“Many counseling modalities helped.
Psychiatry did not. I am sure there
are good psychiatrists out there,
but I saw four and none of them
helped me at all. Antidepressant
therapy did not work.”

“I choose not to take pharmaceuticals,
but other forms of herbal, vitamin
homeopathic remedies for depression,
but I realized I actually was not
depressed. I was certainly anxious,
but the antidepressant therapies were
just no good for me.

“I needed to be active and proactive
in my approach. In general, anything
that was too hard, too vigorous, too
enthusiastic didn’t work, and gentle,
cautious, loving therapies worked.”

John offers a powerful 12 Step
Parkinsons Recovery Program
that is designed for anyone with
Parkinson’s who is looking for 
ways to get relief from their

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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