The Effects of Energy Work on People with Parkinson’s

June 2016

Amy designed a study to show how energy work effects people with Parkinson’s.  She designed the study to be 9 weeks with 7 volunteers who have Parkinson’s. She met with participants weekly.

Average Total Scores

Highlights

Every single one of the seven participants benefited from the energy work in some way.  Every one of the participants’ total symptom score decreased from the start of the study.  The study was 9 weeks, with some of the participants receiving 5,7, 8, or 9 sessions of energy work.  Participants were in Phases 1, 2, and 3 of Parkinson’s. Total scores were calculated for each participant at each session and average total scores were compared between the start and end of the study. For each specific symptom, average start and end scores were compared. All comparisons were made using a student’s t-­‐test with p<0.05 considered to be statistically significant. 

  • The average starting total symptom score was 47.  The average end score was 24.7 (p=0.007).
  • All of the participants in the study experienced a significant decrease in sleeping problems (p= .012).
  • All of the participants in the study experienced a significant decrease in fatigue (p= .02).
  • All the participants experienced a significant improvement in balance (p= .015).
  • All the participants experienced a significant improvement in gait (p= .048).
  • Marked improvements were also seen in motor skills, anxiety, and pain from old and new injuries.
  • Two, out of the 7 participants, experienced approximately an 80% decrease in overall symptoms.
  • Here is a table comparing the participants’ total score difference, % of change and # of sessions of energy work.