Parkinson’s Disease is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disorder, affecting 2-3% of the populations ages 65 and older. Traditional treatment methods are typically focused on relief from motor symptoms. Research shows overwhelming evidence that oxidative stress has a major role in neuronal degeneration. This, combined with an imbalance in antioxidant defense and repair mechanisms may lead to the loss or death of neurons in the part of the brain that plays a critical role in motor movement. Up to 40-60% of patients with Parkinson’s Disease often experience symptoms of anxiety and depression as well, which can worsen the neuromotor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease
Tremors at rest
Impaired and slow movement of limbs (bradykinesia)
Oxford Recovery Center’s Approach to Parkinson’s Disease
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy decreases inflammation, oxygenates the entire body, stimulates the growth of new healthy blood vessels, and releases stem cells, up to 800% more after twenty sessions! Research suggests that HBOT can improve neurological outcomes by increasing enzymes in the body that protect cells and prevents neuronal damage. It has also been shown to decrease depression, anxiety, and tremors in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
QEEG & Neurofeedback Therapy (NFB)
A Quantitative EEG shows us electrical activity of the brain. We will be able to see if inflammation is present, if there are any areas of hyper- or hypoactivity, and any areas of disconnect. Using this information, we approach Parkinson’s Disease with an intensive NFB program of two thirty-minute sessions per day for ten days, focusing on the area(s) of the brain most affected, those that affect motor function, sensory, and/or emotional regulation.
Research has shown that Parkinson’s patients may not have enough glutathione to combat the oxidative stress in the brain. By maintaining glutathione levels in the brain, we can decrease the number of injured cells. Research has shown that IV glutathione can improve speech, hypomimia, rigidity, pronation and supination of hands, posture, gait, balance, and hypokinesia. Glutathione has antioxidant properties that help protect cells in the brain and may slow disease progression.
In the News
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Reduced intravenous glutathione in the treatment of early Parkinson’s Disease
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Fibromyalgia and the Diseases Involving the Central Nervous System
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease with Severe Depression and Anxiety
Reduced Intravenous Glutathione in the Treatment of Early Parkinson’s Disease
*Information gathered from the research articles and sources above