With patients who have Parkinson’s Disease, specific neurons located in the brain begin to break down and die. A lot of the symptoms of Parkinson’s occur because of the loss of neurons that produce a chemical in the brain called dopamine. When these levels of dopamine decline, it causes abnormal brain activity, which then manifests Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is progressive, and currently, there is no cure, however there are medications that can improve symptoms. Surgery also might be an option depending on your specific case in order to help to regulate the function of certain areas of your brain.
- Tremors, which usually start in the hands or an arm or leg. Tremors can occur even when the body is at rest.
- Rigid muscles which can limit movement anywhere in the body, and also cause pain.
- Slowed or impaired movement which can make seemingly simple tasks more difficult and time-consuming. Steps when walking can become shorter and disjointed, and it can be hard to do every day tasks like getting out of a chair or going to the bathroom.
- Balance issues.
- Stooped posture.
- Decrease in automatic movements such as blinking or smiling.
- Speech can become monotone without inflection. The patient may slur, or talk faster or slower than normal.
- Difficulty with writing.
- Depression, anxiety, and fear.
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia and/or sleeping during the day.
- Generalized fatigue.
- Incontinence or difficulty urinating.
- Constipation (digestion is slower).
- Changes in blood pressure with movement, such as a sudden drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting position to standing.
- Dysfunction with the sense of smell such as no longer being able to identify some odors.
- Generalized or specific pain in various areas of the body.
- Cognitive issues such as dementia which usually occur in the later stages of the disease. Lewy Body dementia, which can cause hallucinations, is a common type of dementia experienced by Parkinson’s patients.
- Chewing, eating, and swallowing problems can occur as the disease progresses due to slowed muscle movements.
- Breathing problems.
Causes of the disease is unknown however, both genetics and environment can play a role. Some gene mutations can cause Parkinson’s but these are rare, and usually only seen when many people in a family are afflicted with the disease. Ongoing exposures in the environment from herbicides and pesticides may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s in later years, but this is uncommon as well.
Many different types of medications are being used to help control various Parkinson’s symptoms. There are no dopamine supplements or prescriptions because dopamine that’s given directly doesn’t enter your brain where it’s needed, but there are some medications that are designed to mimic dopamine effects in the brain. The longer these drugs are taken, the more likely they can stop working consistently.
Other drugs can be infused via a feeding tube which delivers the medication directly to the small intestine for maximum absorption. Other meds can be delivered by injection or via a patch that’s placed on the arm. Unfortunately, some medications can have serious side-effects such as hallucinations.
Deep brain stimulation surgery includes implanting electrodes into a certain part of the brain. They’re connected to an implanted generator located in the chest that can send electrical pulses to the brain, and possibly reduce Parkinson’s symptoms.
Surgery is not without risk, and complications can lead to infections, brain hemorrhage, and stroke. Some people can also have problems with the equipment as well.
While these types of treatment can help with symptoms, they cannot curb progression of the disease. The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Many of our patients have noticed significant clinical improvements.*
Treatment for Parkinson’s disease usually lasts 4-6 weeks and can be done alongside other therapies. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, Monday through Friday. Many of our patients report that they notice a difference occurring within the first week.*
Dementia has many causes but it’s not a disease in and of itself. Instead, there are various diseases that can cause the symptoms of dementia. It affects thinking, perceptions, memory, social abilities and can severely disrupt daily life and independence.
Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms in dementia, however memory loss can also have different causes, and just because someone experiences memory loss doesn’t necessarily mean that they have dementia.
The most common cause of dementia that progresses is Alzheimer’s Disease which occurs in older adults. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are drug therapies being used that can slow its progression.
Symptoms of Dementia
- Memory loss
- Having trouble finding words
- Difficulty with visual tasks, such as getting lost while driving
- Diminished ability to multi-task or problem solve
- Not able to handle complex tasks
- Inability to organize or plan
- Coordination difficulties
- Changes in personality
- Loss of inhibitions/behaving inappropriately
- Agitation and increased irritability
- Hallucinations, both auditory and visual
It is important to see a physician to determine the underlying cause of dementia since some cases can be caused by underlying medical issues that may be reversible. These can include some of the following disorders:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Thyroid problems, low blood sugar, absorption issues with B vitamins
- Adverse reactions to medications
- Anoxia, a condition where organs may not be getting enough oxygen because of sleep apnea and other conditions.
- Injuries to the head such as subdural hematomas
Causes of Progressive Dementia
- Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Vascular dementia – damage to blood vessels in the brain. Slowed thinking, problem solving, and focus are more pronounced than memory loss.
- Frontotemporal dementia – affects the area of the brain that dictates personality, behavior, thinking, and language. It’s caused by degeneration in the vessels that supply blood to the brain.
- Mixed dementia – some autopsies of people who are over 80 years old have shown that their dementia had several causes such as Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia. Studies on these types of cases are ongoing.
- Lewy body dementia – this is caused by clumps of protein that are found in people with Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms can include visual hallucinations which can be terrifying, acting out dreams when sleeping, and problems with attention, focus, and in the case of Parkinson’s, rigidity and tremors.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) dementia – can be caused by severe brain injury or by multiple blows to the head like an athlete might receive. TBI can also cause depression, impaired speech, memory loss, and explosive temper, which may not surface until years after the injury.
- Down syndrome – many people with Down syndrome will develop early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. MeRTSM be used alongside other rehabilitation therapies. Many patients have reported that they experienced significant clinical improvements after undergoing this type of treatment.*
Treatment for dementia usually lasts 4-6 weeks with follow-up intervals as needed. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, Monday through Friday. Patients report they begin to notice the benefits of treatment within the first week.*
*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on individual user and are not guaranteed.