GIGER MD® Parkinson Therapy
Parkinson is a common disease of the nervous system. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment here.
Basic Information on Parkinson’s: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
Parkinson’s disease, which is also known as Morbus Parkinson, is one of the world’s most common diseases of the nervous system. The elderly are especially affected by this disease and it has a serious impact on the quality of life of those affected. Although modern medicine has made progress in the treatment of Parkinson’s, the disease is still considered incurable.
The causes of Parkinson’s disease are not fully understood. The disease is based on a dopamine deficiency due to the death of the neurotransmitter cells that produce this neurotransmitter. Since dopamine plays a central role in cell communication, serious disorders that manifest themselves primarily in the motor skills of those affected thus result from this disease.
Symptoms of this Disease
Parkinson’s is characterized by a variety of symptoms. Depending on the individual case, they are more or less severe. The most important symptoms are as follows:
- Bradykinesia: The so-called bradykinesia describes the slowdown of the patient’s movements. It is often seen in the early stages of the disease.
- Rigor: Stiffening of the muscles is also a typical symptom of Parkinson’s. The so-called rigor often affects the legs and neck first, and other areas such as the facial muscles and hands later on. It leads to an unsteady gait, mask-like rigid features and deformities of the hands.
- Tremor: Parkinson’s often begins with an occasional shaking (tremor) of one or more fingers. Later on, this often extends to the whole arm, the head and the feet.
- Speech impairments: Due to the stiff facial muscles and impaired control of the motor skills and breathing, many Parkinson’s patients experience speech difficulties that manifest themselves in a monotone voice, for example.
In addition to these main symptoms, those affected by Parkinson’s often suffer from a number of other impairments. Many of them have not been recognized as part of the disease for a long time.
- Mental disorders (including depression)
- Effects on one’s vision and sense of smell
- Excessive perspiration, cramps and burning in the legs
- Ticks and spasms
Nearly 30 percent of Parkinson’s patients also suffer from dementia.
Parkinson’s treatment options
Usually, medication is made use of to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or to prevent its occurrence. However, this often haves significant side effects.
An effective alternative is training with the GIGER MD® therapy instruments. It has been proven to improve mobility and offer a significant relief from symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Already-lost motor and cognitive skills can be relearned. At the same time, GIGER MD® therapy alleviates the side effects of drugs and may allow a reduction in the dosage of the respective medications. As such, those affected can significantly increase their quality of life through regular training.