"Parkinson's Disease and
Tremors Can Be Helped By
Parkinson's disease is a condition involving low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine to specific receptors in the brain stem. The general symptoms of Parkinson's include:
2) a mask-like, unemotional appearance of the face,
3) a flexed (tightly hunched) body posture with muscle tightness throughout the body,
4) a limitation of movement generally, including a difficult, shuffling gait when walking,
5) difficulty standing or with beginning movement (resembling a frozen sort of paralysis) and
6) visual perception that makes entering doorways and enclosed spaces difficult.
The medical treatment model is to increase the levels of serotonin throughout the brain. Although this is not a cure, it can usually control the severity of tremors. However, the movement and perceptual difficulties do not seemed to be helped with medication. Additionally, the problem for some of the patients I have seen is the side effects of the medication. There is speculation that nutritional supplementation with phosphatidyl serine (300 mg daily) is helpful, but I don't know yet about the efficacy of this. Experimental brain surgeries have been attempted, but the transplanting of brain tissues into the patient's brain has had spotty success.
My clinical experience with Parkinson's disease is encouraging. Generally, I expect to see improvement in all of the symptoms described above. Most of the time, the tremors temporarily worsened with treatment, but in more recent months, with improvements in NCR technique, I have seen less of that.
The reason why NCR is effective for what is considered to be a degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brainstem is that there is impaired circulation of blood and cerebrospinal fluid into this area of the brain for Parkinson's sufferers, and NCR increases circulation. Medications do increase the level of serotonin in the brain, and this resolves the symptom of low serotonin delivery levels in this part of the brain.
However, by changing the shape of the skull with NCR, the flow patterns of blood and cerebrospinal fluid are dramatically improved, and this changes the amount of serotonin delivered into the affected areas of the brain too. NCR improves the postural pattern as well, with concomitant greater ease of movement. The perceptual changes observed with NCR seem to revolve around lessening of the mechanical tension in the meningeal system. When this occurs, there is a nervous system-wide improvement in function.
I think that NCR is the most promising treatment currently available for Parkinson's disease. I hope that research money can be found to demonstrate this conclusively.