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Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s Treatment Options
Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s Treatment Options
Neurofeedback is a safe and effective treatment to greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with Parkinson’s and many other disorders. Clients typically respond to neurofeedback rapidly, with significant results noted within a few months of starting treatment.
Traditional Treatment Options:
There are a myriad of medications available as treatment options for Parkinson’s , many of which have numerous side effects. Your physician would be the resource for more information about this option. Medication treats the symptoms, but does not address the true cause of the disorder. Effects are typically short-term; thus, this type of treatment is often on-going, with mixed results. Many of our clients are looking for a treatment plan without medication. We will work with your doctor in reducing or eliminating medications.
Many health experts agree that improved nutrition often plays at least a limited role in relieving some symptoms in many disorders, including Parkinson’s, and should be included in treatment options for most people. Dallas Brain Changers can assist you in finding healthier nutritional choices and/or can guide you to an appropriate nutritional professional.
When performed alone or practiced in conjunction with medication intervention, counseling and psychotherapy is a popular and well-known anxiety treatment. However, this form of intervention may become a long-term and expensive endeavor, often spanning many years, with widely varying results.
Dallas Brain Changers Treatment Option:
When an integrated approach is utilized, involving both counseling and neurofeedback, results are achieved exponentially, often within a few months, and are proven to be more effective and long-lasting.
Neurofeedback and Parkinson’s Treatment:
*Neurofeedback is a technique of operant conditioning which directly changes brain function. Neurofeedback dramatically affects arousal regulation. In so doing, this ‘brain training’ can normalize the propensity to high or low arousal as seen in the qEEG or Brain Map of those with Parkinson’s. Furthermore, neurofeedback directly acts on specific brain activity known to be altered in Parkinson’s. Neurofeedback is an option for those seeking treatment without medication.
Neurofeedback is an effective, non-drug, non-invasive treatment option that has been proven to permanently reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with many disorders. In the case of Parkinson’s, neurofeedback may reverse some associated symptoms, reduce the severity of symptoms, and/or delay the onset of more severe symptoms.
The organization of movement involves the orchestration of many parts of our neuronal network. Each of these parts is in turn subject to regulation by other parts of the network. In Parkinson’s we are dealing with a highly localized loss of neurons in one branch of the network. Remediation for us lies in training the brain generally so that other regulatory pathways are strengthened in compensation.
The brain actually does a lot of this on its own. It is known, for example, that by the time symptoms arise in Parkinson’s, the person has probably already lost the use of some 75% of the neurons in the substantia nigra. Yet, a mere 25% of these neurons is sufficient to yield smooth and controlled, willed movements. When even further neuronal loss occurs, is all hope lost? Apparently not. With neurofeedback, a client might still be able to delay the onset of the more severe symptoms.
*Interested clients are advised to make an informed choice regarding Neurofeedback therapists, since there are several treatment options available. It is advised to look for a provider who is board certified by BCIA and a member of AAPB.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN Associate Fellow