Parkinson’s Disorder is a brain disorder that impairs a person’s movement and motor skills, diminishing their quality of life. According to Parkinson Association of the Carolina’s, this disorder affects about fifty percent more men than women, and the most common age of diagnosis is 60 years of age. Nevertheless, 5 to 10 percent of people have been diagnosed earlier in life with 10 million people worldwide living with the disorder. Sadly, this brain disorder continues to get worse over time, until a person no longer has any control over their movements. All of us have brain cells that produce a chemical called Dopamine. This chemical sends signals to the parts of our brains that control our movement, allowing us to move the way we want to, nice and smooth. However, when someone has Parkinson’s disorder, these cells mysteriously break down and stop producing the dopamine chemical, causing conflict in how a person controls their movements.
Symptoms of Parkinson Disorder include tremors in your hands, legs and arms, slow movements, stiff muscles, and problems with balance and walking. Tremors are the most common symptom. People with Parkinson’s will also lose the nerve endings that produce norepinephrine, a leading chemical messenger of the sympathetic nervous system, that controls automatic functions of the body, such as heart rate and blood pressure In time, this disorder will attack all the muscles in the person’s body, causing problems with swallowing, digestion and moving bowels. Parkinson also leads to dementia. Luckily there are several treatments available to relieve many of the symptoms of the disorder, and the earlier one begins treatments, the better their lives will become. Neurofeedback and Hyperbaric oxygen therapy are both excellent forms of treatment for those who have been medically diagnosed by a licensed professional with having the disorder.
Numerous patients I’ve treated with Parkinson’s disorder have shown a dramatic improvement in static and balance, especially those who’ve started treatment early on in their diagnosis. Neurofeedback (brain training) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (engulfs the brain with 100% pure oxygen, which stimulates damaged cells and increases the growth of new blood vessels to nourish them. It also mobilizes the body’s individual stem cells and excites neurogenesis which is the generation of new neurons), offers those suffering from the disorder the possibility of reducing dependence on medication, which can enhance their quality of life. These two methods of treatment are pain-free, non-invasive and have zero side effects. After just a few treatments many of my patients feel a sense of calm, focus and clarity, which helps with them to stay positive throughout the continued treatments, because that’s what brain training is all about, retraining your brain for the positive so we can create harmony and balance throughout the person’s brain and life. When I treat my patients who have this disease, my goal is to increase the activity of the brain that controls the person’s motors functions by conducting light exercises as we monitor their brainwaves via an EEG machine. Amazingly, my patients get to see how their brain reacts in real time and so I’m able to train them to modify their brainwaves.
One of my patients was literary shaking every 3 seconds, but after a few weeks of treatments, he was able to control his shaking. His motor skills, memory and ability to communicate orally improved. These therapies allowed him to once again be social and enjoy numerous activities. It is crucial to understand that these two treatments take time and must continue throughout a person’s life to achieve the desired results, which is to lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disorder. It touches my heart when I see how neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen treatments improve and prolong the quality of life for my patients, including their loved ones. For this is the reason, I have such a great passion for raising awareness about the two treatments that help make a positive difference in many lives.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they have always dreamed. To learn more about Elena Eustache and Neurofeedback therapy, please visit her website at www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.