Treating Parkinson’s with Physical Therapy

Treating Parkinson’s with physical therapy is recommended to reduce stiffness and discomfort and to allow patients to continue to perform daily tasks and retain independence. PD experts agree that physical activity is beneficial to PD patients at all stages of their disease, including at early diagnosis.

Physical therapists trained in treating neurological conditions recommend exercises for people with PD aimed at improved balance and coordination, flexibility, endurance and strength. Read on for a Physical Therapy for PD Q&A.

Dietary Supplements for Cognitive Function

Numerous research studies are focused on the effectiveness of dietary supplements for cognitive function. Two lesser-known supplements have been shown to support neurons and synapses in areas of the brain tied to memory, cognition and executive function.

Bacopa Monnieri is a nootropic herb used in traditional Indian Medicine, and magensium threonate is a form or magnesium that effectively crosses the blood brain barrier. Both are supported by numerous animal and human studies as memory enhancers, whether managing a neurodegenerative disease or to help fend off age-related decline.

Video: Elevated Homocysteine in Parkinson’s

Scientific literature contains a multitude of research studies linking homocysteine to poor health. Elevated homocysteine in Parkinson’s is thought to worsen oxidative stress on the neurons that produce dopamine and make them more easily damaged by environmental toxins. This video by Neurology Solutions Nurse Practitioner Jordan Harborth explains the correlation between homocysteine (Hcy), a non-protein amino acid, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Video Explores Intermittent Fasting to Enhance Metabolism

Intermittent fasting and restricted caloric intake is powerfully neuroprotective. Short-term fasting stimulates autophagy, a metabolic process that eliminates cell waste that may be responsible for many of the effects of aging. Studies have demonstrated that fasting can help prevent heart disease, speed fat loss, as well as slow or reverse aging. Researchers have found that the autophagy process is often defective in cancer, infectious diseases, immunological disorders and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Lifestyle, Metabolic Enhancements for Parkinson’s

Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Izor elaborates on the positive outcome of lifestyle and metabolic enhancement for Parkinson’s disease. Metabolic enhancements for neurodegenerative disorders, also known as MEND, is a medical protocol designed to combat age-related decline and lessen disability. The MEND approach incorporates optimizing overall lifestyle and nutrition, stress reduction, sleep, hormone levels and a variety of other factors.

This video is the first of a series on metabolic enhancement for Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions by Neurology Solutions.

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Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration shows promise

Researchers say Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND)−a combination therapy to slow neurodegeneration−may partially reverse and stabilize cognitive decline. Participants with mild cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s style dementia who took part in a two-year MEND study demonstrated real, life-altering improvements after following the MEND protocol for 5 to 24 months, the study showed.

The MEND program calls for interventions to treat conditions such as inflammation, stress and diabetes that could be associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It involves multiple components including dietary adjustments, exercise, stress reduction, hormone balance, sleep optimization and integration of certain vitamins and supplements to the patient’s regular routine.

Dehydration in Parkinson’s: Symptoms, Risks & Tips

Dehydration is always a risk of disease and aging. Dehydration in Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a major health concern. Symptoms of PD contribute to and also mask dehydration, and the risks associated with becoming dehydrated can significantly worsen already compromised neurological function.

Knowing the risk factors, signs of dehydration and steps for staying hydrated can help you manage this concern, whether you’re a caretaker or someone with Parkinson’s.

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Nutritional Approach to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center Medical Director Robert Izor, MD, MS, has created a short video demonstrating how to prepare a protein shake, including detailed step-by-step instructions, ingredients and serving recommendations. A neurology clinic based in Austin, Texas, that focuses on the care and treatment of movement disorders, Neurology Solutions recommends a nutritional approach to treating neurodegenerative disease.

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How can Yoga help Parkinson’s patients?

Yoga is credited with providing benefits such as increased flexibility and stability, reduced stress and better sleep. Recent research also indicates yoga and meditation practice cause structural changes to areas of the brain impacted by PD and contribute to improved memory, cognition and mood.

How can Yoga help Parkinson’s patients and individuals with neurodegenerative diseases?

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