Parkinson’s a progressive disease that affects the nervous system, namely the basal ganglia, the part of the brain the controls movement and is also involved in emotion. Sufferers of Parkinson’s experience tremors, slowness of movement, and stiffness in their muscles.
Other symptoms include difficulties with balance, nerve pain, dizziness and many also suffer from depression. At present there is no cure, but the condition can be managed with a change in diet, medication, therapies such as physiotherapy, occupation therapy, and speech therapy if necessary.
In recent years, more resources have been allocated to research into Parkinson's and it seems almost every month new information is released. Just this month, March 2019, scientists at Imperial College London have discovered a potential way in which deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help tackle the symptoms of Parkinson's. DBS involves inserting very fine wires into the brain cells that control movement. These cells can then be stimulating using small electrical pulses to adjust the activity.to help improve movement. The wires are powered by a small battery that can be inserted underneath the skin in the chest area.
The effect is similar on symptoms as taking drugs, but the advantage is the effects are constant, whereas drugs are not, plus there are no side effects as with often taking drugs.
You can read more of Deep Brain Stimulation, here. Plus you can keep up-to-date with all the current studies and news at Parkinsons.org.uk including how molecules secreted by the skin, could lead to new tests for early diagnose.
In addition to the manual interventions such as physiotherapy, lessons in the movement system, The Alexander Technique, can develop useful strategies for managing the day-to-day problems caused by the disease. In 2002, a medical trail concluded ‘there is evidence that lessons in the Alexander Technique are likely to lead to sustained benefit for people with Parkinson's disease.’Roy Palmer, our Alexander Technique teacher, has written about his experiences of teaching The Alexander Technique to a sufferer of Parkinson's here.