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Parkinson’s Disease and Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic

In Parkinson’s Disease, patients usually have a cervical subluxation and are treated through the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic technique for these reasons and benefits.

Parkinson’s Disease

In Parkinson’s Disease or PD, certain neurons in the brain gradually degrade and atrophy. Many of the symptoms are due to the loss of neurons that produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine in the brain. When dopamine levels fall, they cause abnormal brain activity causing problems with memory and speech and leading to depression, memory loss, and other cognitive problems. Although there is no cure for PD there are several treatment options available to sufferers.

Treatment

Patients who struggle with Parkinson’s Disease usually have misalignments in their neck called a cervical subluxation. The Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic technique is one of the most effective solutions to address and correct this spinal issue involving the top-most vertebrae. Patients need to undergo a physical examination and diagnosis to identify the condition and possible interference with the treatment, such as the medications they are on before they proceed to adjust the spine and correct the misaligned vertebrae. Patients can expect chiropractic treatments to both the neck and the rest of the spine to result in a reduction in their symptoms with fewer tremors, fatigue, mobility restrictions, and back pain.

Chiropractic care focuses on optimizing spinal health, which leads to a healthier nervous system. Treatment is often as simple as a chiropractic adjustment, but some have suggested better, safer, and less intrusive alternatives. Chiropractors have noted a marked improvement in PD patients, especially those with a history of spinal cord injuries such as back pain, muscle  cramps, headaches, or neck pain.

Medications are the most common form of treatment, but depending on the severity of the symptoms, neurostimulation therapy can also be used. This is where wires are connected to parts of the brain to stimulate the region with gentle electrical signals to assist its’ function.

Symptoms

The most common sign of PD are tremors or shaking in different parts of the body, especially when not moving. It can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms, headaches, and other symptoms. Other symptoms of PD include, stiffness in the lower back and neck, difficulty walking, dizziness, sweating, or trembling in another part of the body.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, the face can show little or no expression, and when walking, one cannot swing their arms. Tremors are common, but the disorder also often causes stiffness and slowing of movement. Symptoms can start as early as two to three years after symptoms appear and last for several years.

Symptoms often begin on one side of the body and remain on the bad side until they start to affect both sides. The tremors and shaking begin in the hands, often showing the so-called “pill-rolling tremor,” which involves rubbing the thumb and index finger back and forth.

Early signs can be mild and go unnoticed, but with age, the symptoms of PD worsen. Symptoms themselves can be different for each person, and language can become blurred, softer, or change. Language may seem small, but speaking is harder for Parkinson’s sufferers than for people without the disease. You may have limited language skills and are sometimes difficult to write, and your language may be limited to a few words such as “yes” or “no,” and sometimes to just one word.

PD can slow movement, which is difficult, time-consuming, and sometimes, even painful for people with the disease. It can be difficult to get out of a chair, and you can pull your feet up while walking or keep your steps short while walking. Muscle stiffness can occur in all parts of the body, and stiff muscles can restrict your range of motion and be painful. You may change your posture, have balance problems, or have difficulty performing unconscious movements, including arm swings when walking. They may have difficulty performing certain actions such as breathing, walking, and sleeping.

Visit a Chiropractor

Parkinson’s Disease affects cognitive function and interferes with the body’s neurochemical dopamine production. This disease affects a person’s ability to control their muscles and function normally, significantly and negatively affecting their everyday life. Chiropractors here in Lindenhurst recommend coming in for treatment as they focus on improving patient’s spinal health to improve their overall quality of life.