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Parkinson’s Disease Treatments

Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Are you or your loved one suffering from the consequences of PD? Have you gone through numerous doctors and Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and nothing seems to help? Yet you are still struggling for Solutions and Resources to provide both Help and Hope. Look no further, Dr. Diane® uses cutting-edge practices, such as Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Hypnosis, and our brain-healthy diet to help alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Normally, there are cells (neurons) in the human brain that produce dopamine. These neurons concentrate in a particular area of the brain, called the substantia nigra. Dopamine is a chemical that relays messages between the substantia nigra and other parts of the brain to control movements of the human body. This neuromodulator helps humans to have smooth, coordinated muscle movements. Sometimes, however, these dopamine-producing cells become damaged. When approximately 60 to 80% of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, and fail to produce enough dopamine, the motor consequences of Parkinson’s disease appear.

Consequences of Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Initial clinical changes and consequences of Parkinson’s disease include the following:

 

  • Tremor
  • Subtle decrease in dexterity
  • Decreased arm swing on the first-involved side
  • Soft voice
  • Decreased facial expression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Rapid eye movement (REM) behavior disorder (RBD; a loss of normal atonia during REM sleep)
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction (eg, constipation, sweating abnormalities, sexual dysfunction, seborrheic dermatitis)
  • A general feeling of weakness, malaise, or lassitude
  • Depression or anhedonia
  • Slowness in thinking

 

Parkinson’s Disease affects people in a variety of different ways, which means that there is a wide range of symptoms associated with the disease. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and occur frequently or infrequently, again, depending on the individual and the stage in the disease that they are currently in. PD has 5 different stages. The time spent in each stage depends on the person. It is possible and even common to skip stages.

PD Treatments from Dr. Diane®

Dr. Diane® and her Brain Health Team of Experts see you as a unique person. How PD affects your brain and body is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, reactive, or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Each person brings a life history that has to be accounted for when determining which treatment is best. How often have you been prescribed medications that had many side effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it?

 

Dr. Diane's 5 Prong Approach for Parkinson's Disease TreatmentsDr. Diane® and her Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, you as a person should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and energy. Often these areas intertwine and each needs to be addressed, yet Dr. Diane® looks for the core issue, and from this vantage point. Then and only then are your individual treatment programs developed based on conventional, complimentary, and alternative treatment methods. Based on your unique needs and goals, they are able to provide a customized treatment program employing such techniques. These methods are often modified and customized to meet your specific needs as you progress in regaining your life.

Treatment for PD

Treatment of PD depends on the patient’s symptoms and is personalized for each patient. Currently, therapies include nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments, and surgical procedures.

 

Non-pharmacological (non-drug) methods include education regarding PD, support strategies, and exercise.

 

Dr. Jorge Gonzelez, M.D. is our Neurologist on the Brain Health Team of Experts, who along with Endocrinologist Dr. Katherine O’Neil-Smith, M.D and Psychopharmacologist Dr. Sharon Barrett, M.D, can provide accurate and precise medication recommendations for you.

Drug treatments for PD include:

  • Anticholinergics
  • Trihexylphenidyl
  • Benztropine
  • Amantadine
  • Dopamine agonists
  • Bromocriptine
  • Pergolide
  • Pramipexole
  • Ropinirole
  • Levodopa (commonly known as L-Dopa)
  • Selegiline
  • COMT inhibitors
  • Tolcapone

Conventional Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease:

Various types of rehabilitative work can help to overcome motor difficulties, as well as chronic pain. Physical therapy techniques help with balance, motor coordination, muscle movement, tone, spasm, and strength. This type of therapy is also helpful in treating general inflammation and myofascial pain. For more extensive rehabilitation, you might need to see a Physiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Cranial Sacral method, done by our Physical Therapist Joan Flynn, is very effective in working with PCS muscle problems. Various types of massage therapy such as Repetitive Usage Injury Therapy (RUIT), structural massage, and integrative massage, are also very helpful.

 

If there is any form of paralysis present, the Taub Method, invented by Dr. Edward Taub, is a revolutionary and extremely successful approach to physical therapy. His method uses the concept of restrictive therapy, which restrains the limbs that work so that the body/brain is forced to reconnect to the paralyzed limbs.

 

Specialized treatment such as biofeedback can be obtained through rehabilitation-hospital programs for people with PD. Biofeedback can be extremely helpful in many situations. Thermal and EMG Biofeedback can increase muscle responsiveness and coordination, as well as helping to control discomfort. Neurofeedback can help to normalize electrical activity in the motor areas of the brain, enhancing motor reflexes. However, all of these techniques can present a challenge for people with concentration or attention-span difficulties. Dr. Diane has successfully worked with numerous patients with PD using Neurofeedback. One specific patient lived in London and all of the treatments were done virtually.

 

There are various types of indirect physical therapy treatment designed to heal and strengthen muscles and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. One of these, the Burdenko method, involves dynamic water and land-based movement exercises. Dr. Burdenko is a member of the Brain Health Experts Team.

 

The water portion is done in a vertical position using flotation devices to help you achieve natural traction, allowing gravity to gently separate the vertebrae. The land exercises are an extension of these therapeutic movements.

 

Another form of indirect physical therapy, the Feldenkrais method, is a series of subtle exercises designed to retrain your body’s movement patterns for pain control and more efficient motor function. A practitioner teaches you alternative ways of moving to replace faulty patterns that may aggravate your injury. Therapeutic horseback riding also helps to enhance balance, coordination, and physical stability.

 

Movement and dance therapy are forms of dynamic therapy that force the brain to adapt to injury by learning to use different parts than previously to facilitate motor movement. This helps the brain to form new nerve connections to replace those impaired by injury. Music and dance therapy incorporate multiple movements and sensory input, and are available through many colleges, special-education services, and dance studios.

 

If you need to overcome small motor impairments, or learn new techniques for dispatching troublesome tasks at home and at work, occupational therapy may be recommended. As an alternative, you may choose to undergo cognitive retraining, which involves learning new ways of accomplishing tasks that have become problematic. Or you may choose vocational therapy to learn skills that will prepare you to seek a different type of employment.

Complementary Treatment for PD

Acupuncture helps the energy system to release the spastic muscles. Chiropractic adjustments can help to realign vertebrae in the neck, thus improving blood flow and nerve-impulse supply to problem muscles. This approach also allows for freer movement and more space between the joints. Many chiropractors also do myofascial release methods that are also very helpful. In addition, light therapy can be effective at helping release muscle spasms. Dr. Paul Schoonman, D.C. is the Chiropractor on our Brain Health Team.

Alternative Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Polarity therapy, which maximizes the flow of internal energy and encourages the body to heal itself, may be effective against muscle and movement problems. Some people believe that reorganizing the body’s energy structure, internal flow, and communication mechanisms can help improve balance and coordination.

 

Natrum sulphuricum, Bungaris, and Carbo vegetabilis help with balance, muscle tone, and strength. Before trying any over-the-counter herbal or homeopathic remedy, it is best to consult with an Herbalist or Homeopathic Practitioner who knows your specific problems and needs.

Get Help Today

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology and has the Solutions and ResourcesSM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of Brain Health Experts are trained in conventional, complementary and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

 

If PD is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at 800.500.9971 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®