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Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. This condition is characterized by a loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. It primarily affects the motor system, causing tremors, rigidity or stiffness, difficulty with movement, and coordination or gate. The disease is caused by the loss of function or death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain, leading to a shortage of the neurotransmitter-producing dopamine.
One of the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson's is bradykinesia, which refers to slowness or lack of movement. This can cause difficulty with everyday activities such as walking, talking, and writing. In addition to bradykinesia, other hypokinetic disorders associated with Parkinson's include rigidity, postural instability, and tremors.
Given the challenges associated with Parkinson's and other hypokinetic disorders, many individuals seek alternative therapies to support their traditional medical treatments. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are a variety of treatments available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. One alternative therapy that has gained attention in recent years is acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine practice involving the insertion of thin needles into specific neurological points on the body. This technique is believed to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and promote balance and harmony within the body. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the flow of energy within the body, which is believed to be essential for good health. Acupuncture is thought to involve the stimulation of specific nerves and the release of endorphins and other natural painkillers.
Several studies have explored the potential benefits of acupuncture for individuals with Parkinson's and other hypokinetic disorders. For example, a 2018 medical journal found that acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia. The authors of this review suggested that acupuncture works by increasing dopamine production and modulating neurotransmitter levels in the brain.
Another study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that acupuncture may be effective in improving balance and gait movements in individuals with Parkinson's. The authors of this study noted that acupuncture appeared to be safe and well-tolerated across a range of age groups and demographics.
Acupuncture for individuals with Parkinson's and other hypokinetic disorders appears to be a promising complementary therapy as studies suggest that it can improve motor function, and balance, and reduce inflammation in the brain. Collaborating with Acute Acupuncture and other healthcare providers and integrating acupuncture into a comprehensive treatment plan may offer additional benefits to patients and enhance their overall well-being. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. It is essential to communicate with your practitioner about your experience to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this helps to answer most people's questions, and or please leave a comment below.