Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disorder that damages the nervous system. AD usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. AD accounts for nearly 60-70% of all cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events, which is called short-term memory loss. As the disease gets worse, symptoms include effecting language, easily disoriented, mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and changes in behavior or personality.
Dementia is a disease that results in memory-loss and confusion. Dementia can also slow down mental skills that can affect a person’s normal daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is a disease where the immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. This usually damages the protective covering around the nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This damage will decrease the brains ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Some of the common symptoms are tingling, pins and needles or numbness, muscle weakness and spasms, increased reflexes, hard time with moving, poor balance, problems with speech or swallowing, visual problems, low energy, pain, and difficulty going to the bathroom, among many others.
Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder of the nervous system that mainly affects the way a person moves and eventually affects a person’s ability to think and interact with others. Commonly Parkinson’s Disease occurs when there is degeneration to an area in the brain that allows you to move when you want to move, and remain still when you want to be still. Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease involve unwanted movements such as tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and thought, digestion issues, poor balance, as well difficulty walking. As Parkinson’s Disease progresses, thinking and emotional symptoms may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease.
PSP (Progressive Surpanuclear Palsy)
PSP is a disease that causes death of the brain slowly over time. PSP has been linked with Parkinson’s disease. Common symptoms are loss of balance, falling forward when walking, changes in personality, falls, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, problems with eye movements, memory-loss and problems with vision.
We cannot cure neurological diseases, or change the ultimate outcome for someone with a degenerative condition. We treat people, not their diseases. Our care is not designed to fix incurable conditions. Rather, our care is designed to improve function in the parts of the nervous system that still work in order to promote the best possible quality of life for our patients.
When you develop a neurodegenerative disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or multiple sclerosis, some nerve cells are unfortunately lost, and some pathways in the nervous system are irreparably damaged. There is nothing we can do to change that. However, when you have such a condition, we can often find ways to influence the remaining working parts of the nervous system to make them work better. We strive to take the pathways that still are healthy and precisely stimulate and exercise them, in order to make them more efficient, increase their endurance, and improve your ability to function in the world.