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Parkinson’s Disease Treatments

Parkinson's Disease Treatments

Have you gone to numerous doctors for Parkinson’s disease treatments yet nothing has helped? 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, provides customized treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Methods

Although Parkinson’s disease is irreversible, symptoms can be managed. Luckily, there are multiple treatments to help manage PD.

Depending on circumstances and the cause of PD, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or your Neurologist may refer you to a Neuropsychologist, a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist, and/or a Psychopharmacologist.

Two different treatment approaches to PD:

Internal Treatments

Internal methods require nothing from the external world to assist in alleviating PD symptoms. These methods count on you. Training and assistance is beneficial.

Energy Medicine
Developed by Donna Eden, this method also uses “Chi” in the body. Several of her methods are extremely effective, such as the cross over.

Meditation and Visualization
These methods help reduce PD symptoms, but do not change the neural connections.

Dancing, drumming, exercise, yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong
Any of these can be extremely effective if you cross the midline of your body. If you do cross movement in any of these modalities, you are focusing on releasing the inner connections that are stuck in either hemisphere. Regular exercise, tai chi or yoga, where you are focusing on moving the body, can help to loosen rigid muscles.

Humor and Laughter
It is said that laughter is the best medicine and I totally agree. Laughter is a wonderful means of calming the body, because it releases endorphins allowing the responsive brain to take charge.

External Treatments for PD

The following methods require something external to help alleviate PD symptoms. This category is subdivided between methods that help symptoms and the methods that resolve symptoms. The latter subcategory is not a cure, but it goes beyond relieving the symptoms. This category helps with neural connections and brain dysregulation.

Symptom Relief

Prescription and Over the Counter (OTC): Various medications are excellent for symptom relief; however, there can be many negative side effects, such as hallucinations and/or vomiting. There is the continuous need to use the medication, because when stopped the symptoms do return. If you use OTC, it is advised to consult with your Primary Care Provider or a PD specialist before taking any medication. Dr. Sharon Barrett is the Psychopharmacologist on our Brain Health Team of Experts.

Acupuncture has significant positive effects in the relief of PD symptoms. However, Acupuncture does not change the neural connections or dysregulation of the brain activity, so the symptoms may return. William Mogan is the Acupuncturist on Dr. Diane®’s Brain Health Team of Experts.

Homeopathic– including Bach Flower Essence and Herbal Remedies
There are many different homeopathic remedies available to treat the same symptoms. Each person responds to an illness in a different way. A Homeopath will take care to match particular symptoms and remedies to your own needs. Unlike conventional medicine, one remedy does not fit all. Susan Keefe is the Homeopathic Practitioner on Dr. Diane®’s Brain Health Team of Experts. Dr. Diane® is a certified Bach Flower practitioner.

Cranial Electro Stimulation (CES)
This is a FDA medical device for the various symptoms and is highly effective. Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) can help with insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Massage- such as reflexology
Therapeutic massage is beneficial in relieving stress and psychological effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Beyond helping your muscles to relax; massage therapy may stimulate the blood flow to the brain.

Jennifer Stanley and Wendy Keiver-Hewett are the Massage Therapists on our Dr. Diane® Brain Health Team of Experts. Each specializes in different types of massage.

Energy Work- Reiki, Polarity, Quantum Touch
Energy work helps bring the mind and body into better harmony and can help you create neural connections. Clara Diebold is the Reiki Master on our Dr. Diane® Brain Health Team.

Brain spotting
Developed by David Grand, Ph.D., this method deals with eye gaze and fixation, helping resolve the area in the brain that is stuck.

Changing Neural Connections

There is extensive research that has proven Hypnosis highly effective in treating PD symptoms. Clinical hypnosis can alleviate the anxiety, pain and muscle rigidity in patients with Parkinson’s disease. It may also improve sleeping habits. Dr. Diane® is a published author in Hypnosis and has worked in the field for over 37 years.

This includes thermal, muscular and neurofeedback. Heart Rate Variable Breathing is a subdivision of Biofeedback.

With Neurofeedback it is possible to make new neural connections, disconnect those that are currently being activated, and regulate the dysregulated brain that is seen with PD.

Sound Therapy
This method allows for remapping neural connections and resolves brain dysregulation. Some of the methods are the Tomatis’s System, bilateral sounds and hemi-sync.

Light Therapy
This method allows for remapping neural connections and resolves brain dysregulation. Some of the methods are the Tomatis’s System, bilateral sounds and hemi-sync.

Insurance Coverage by Approach

A good rule of thumb is that conventional approaches are typically covered by insurance; complementary approaches may be covered by insurance, and alternative approaches are usually not covered by insurance.

Conventional Parkinson’s Disease Treatments

Your doctor may recommend medication to help you cope with the symptoms of PD. Medications such as Sinemet have been used effectively in the treatment of symptoms of PD, such as rigidity of the muscles. To ensure that you obtain proper care, medication, and dosages, it is wise to see a Psychopharmacologies who specializes in PD.

Psychotherapy can be extremely valuable for coming to an understanding of Parkinson’s disease and its effects.

Support groups can be helpful for people to learn and understand what it’s like living with PD. There are four types of support groups. The first, a self-help group led by a trained facilitator, can educate a person with PD and his or her family as to who the PD person has become. The second type of support group is informational, and invites outside speakers to make presentations to the group on relevant topics. A third type of support group provides a trained counselor who helps members deal with their emotions and progress through the stages of PD. The fourth type is more often used in cases of severe and moderate progression of PD.

Complementary PD Treatments

Both Acupuncture and Acupressure are effective at stabilizing the energy system. While Acupuncture uses fine needles; Acupressure uses finger pressure on the body, which releases blocks in the flow of chi, or vital energy.

Other energy balance modalities include Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT).

A wide variety of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback methods and equipment, such as Othmer method, LENS, Z-Score training, Neurofield, or pRoshi, are effective at returning brain to a state of regulation. Dr. Diane® has been trained in all of these methods and is a Certified Energy Psychologist.

Alternative Parkinson’s Disease Treatments

Reiki, Qi Gong, and Polarity therapy help to bring the mind and body into better harmony and can help you create neural connections. A trained practitioner should provide this type of therapy, and you should inquire about the practitioner’s level of training and whether they have worked with people with PD.

There are herbal and homeopathic preparations that can be beneficial for PD. Other types of alternative treatments include aromatherapy and flower essence therapy. Aromatherapy can be used to help relax you or boost your energy level.

Flower essences do not employ scent; they are closer in nature to homeopathic remedies. Flower-essence therapists believe that the life force of the flowers can affect both body and mind. To determine what is right for you, it is best to consult with a qualified Bach Flower, Herbalist or Homeopathic Practitioner who specializes in Parkinson’s disease.

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