GIGER MD® Parkinson Therapy
Basic Principles

Parkinson is a common disease of the nervous system. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment here.

Symptoms

There are 400,000 nerve cells in the nigra. They begin to pigment after birth and are fully pigmented at age 18. The nigral pigment differs from skin pigment.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease become apparent afterapproximately 240,000 nerve cells, 60 percent of the total, die. In normal, unaffected people, approximately 2,400 nigral cells die each year. Thus, if an unaffected person lives 100 years he will, probably, develop Parkinson’s disease. In this disease, the nigral cell loss is accelerated – more than 2,400 nerve cells die each year. It is unknown why nerve cells loss accelerates- whether it is a genetic (inherited) factor, an environmental (external) toxin, or a genetic factor and an environmental toxin. It is also unknown when the nerve cell loss accelerates.

The Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease:

Tremors

Symptoms often start with an occasional tremor in one finger that spreads over time to involve the whole arm. The tremor is often rhythmic — 4 to 5 cycles per second — and frequently causes an action of the thumb and fingers known as the pill-rolling tremor. Tremor is present when the limb is at rest or held up in a stiff unsupported position and usually disappears briefly during movement. Tremors can also occur in the head, lips, tongue, and feet, although they do not occur during sleep. In one study, 44% of patients reported experiencing internal tremors lasting less than half an hour, but occurring several times a week. Symptoms can occur on one or both sides of the body.

Motion and Motor Impairment

Slowness of motion (bradykinesia) is one of the classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Patients may eventually develop a stooped posture and a slow, shuffling walk. The gait can be erratic and unsteady and cause a person to fall. After a number of years, muscles may freeze up or stall, usually when a patient is making a turn or passing through narrow spaces, such as a doorway. Intestinal motility — e.g., swallowing, digestion, and elimination — may also slow down, causing eating problems and constipation. The muscle rigidity (akinesia) experienced in Parkinson’s disease often begins in the legs and neck. Muscle rigidity in the face can produce a mask-like, staring appearance. Hand deformities may develop in late stages, causing severe discomfort and limitation. Handwriting, for instance, often becomes diminutive. Normally spontaneous muscle movements, such as blinking, may need to be done consciously.

Speech Impairment

About half of Parkinson’s patients develop some speech difficulty caused by rigidity of the facial muscles, loss of motor control, and impaired breath control. Tone can become monotonous, words may be repeated over and over, or the rate of speech may even be very fast. Swallowing may be difficult.

Depression and Mental Problems

Depression is often present as one of the first symptoms and is probably partially caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Because depression is common in old age or can be caused by other factors, the patient often does not connect it with other early symptoms of Parkinson’s. Defects in thinking, memory, language, and problem solving skills often occur later on. Dementia occurs in almost 30% of Parkinson’s patients, who are usually older individuals who have had major depression.

Other Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

The sense of smell is impaired in about 70% of patients. Vision is also effected, including color perception. The patient may experience changes in sensations of temperature, hot flashes, excessive sweating, and cramps and burning in the legs. Parkinson symptoms that may occur after encephalitis include greasy skin and hair, tics, spasms, rapid and repetitive speech, and oculogyric crises — disturbances in which the eyes become fixed in one direction for minutes or even hours. In people with a history of migraine, the onset of Parkinson’s is associated with change in migraine symptoms (most often improvement). Constipation is a major problem for Parkinson patients and occurs both as a result of the disease and a side effect of its treatment. Bladder control and urinary incontinence are also problems, which can be improved or even eliminated by training intensively on the GIGER MD® medical device.

Impact on Emotions and Mental Status

The emotional and psychiatric impacts of the symptoms are devastating. Depression is extremely common, although one study found that only about 7% of patients met the criteria for major depression. Such patients were generally much older and already had mental or psychiatric problems. Depression in the remaining population was generally mild and most likely due to the emotional effect of the disease on the lives of both patients and their families — not actual physical changes in the brain. Dementia is about six times more common in the elderly Parkinson patient than in the average older adult. Nearly all drug treatments used for Parkinson’s disease have side effects that cause neurologic and psychiatric disturbances. The physical and emotional impact on the family should not be underestimated as the patient becomes increasingly dependent on their support.

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GIGER MD® Parkinson Therapy
Basic Principles

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.

Parkinson’s Causes

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.

They include:

  • Mental disorders (including depression)
  • Effects on one’s vision and sense of smell
  • Excessive perspiration, cramps and burning in the legs
  • Ticks and spasms
  • Constipation

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.

Receive detailed information on the treatment of Parkinson’s with the GIGER MD® training tools here!

GIGER MD® therapy improves the quality of life

In case of neurological diseases and injuries. Contact us here!

GIGER MD® Parkinson Therapy
Basic Principles

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.

Parkinson’s Causes

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.

They include:

  • Mental disorders (including depression)
  • Effects on one’s vision and sense of smell
  • Excessive perspiration, cramps and burning in the legs
  • Ticks and spasms
  • Constipation

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.

Receive detailed information on the treatment of Parkinson’s with the GIGER MD® training tools here!

GIGER MD® therapy improves the quality of life

In case of neurological diseases and injuries. Contact us here!

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