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    • #15501
      Jean Mellano
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      I have found massage to be very helpful to relieve the stiffness in my neck.  However, my insurance does not cover it.  Have you tried massage?  If so, has it helped PD induced stiffness?  Does your insurance cover it?

    • #16111
      Jo S.
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      I get massage therapy three to four times a month. My massage therapist is wonderful (and comparatively inexpensive), and I’d love to go more often if I could afford it. She doesn’t fully understand rigidity, so she’s often giving me advice that would be more appropriate for a “normal” (non-PD) person. Insurance in my state rarely covers massage therapy, and mine doesn’t at all. It partially covers speech therapy, OT, and PT, but not massage therapy. In terms of massage helping rigidity, it does … a little … but it’s not long-lasting. It would probably help more if I could go every day. 🙂 Unfortunately, it doesn’t help with muscle cramping or spasms. That said, it feels really good and is soooo relaxing, and that alone is worth it.

      • #16125
        Jean Mellano
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        jo

        that is great that you can get massage several times a month.  I am with you… every day would be nice 🙂  i think it is a shame massage is not covered by insurance.  the relaxation and de-stressing benefits alone are are therapeutic.

        • #16136
          Jo S.
          Participant

          Absolutely! My husband is retiring very soon (I’m still working full time), so I don’t know if we’ll be able to continue to afford it, but it definitely aids relaxation, which is something I most certainly need.

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