Mechanisms and therapeutic applications of electromagnetic therapy in Parkinson's disease

Behav Brain Funct. 2015 Sep 7;11:26. doi: 10.1186/s12993-015-0070-z.


Electromagnetic therapy is a non-invasive and safe approach for the management of several pathological conditions including neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative pathology caused by abnormal degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra pars compacta in the midbrain resulting in damage to the basal ganglia. Electromagnetic therapy has been extensively used in the clinical setting in the form of transcranial magnetic stimulation, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, high-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy which can also be used in the domestic setting. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms and therapeutic applications of electromagnetic therapy to alleviate motor and non-motor deficits that characterize Parkinson's disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Magnetic Field Therapy / methods*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic