Neuromuscular Therapy & Treatments
Treatment and therapy from an exercise physiologist has been proven to be very effective in improving the quality of life for sufferers of Neuromuscular health conditions.
Common Neuromuscular Conditions Treated at Live Well Include:
Neuromuscular health conditions are amongst the most common chronic health complications that many Australians are struggling with today. This is a condition that affects the entire neuromuscular system, which includes your nervous system and muscles. Neuromuscular issues encompass numerous ailments and diseases that impair the functioning of muscles directly or indirectly. Some of these diseases may be acquired, some are passed down genetically from the parents, and some are due to a spontaneous genetic mutation. Neuromuscular conditions are known to be progressive in nature and mostly result in muscle weakness and fatigue.
Some of these conditions may be manifested at birth, some in childhood, and others in adult onset. The main symptoms include loss of muscular control, twitching, numbness, spasms and tingling among other symptoms and feelings. There is no cure for most neuromuscular health conditions, but physical therapy has been found to work extremely well in managing them. We are going to dive further into specific conditions that we’ve helped many patients to manage, and these are Parkinson’s disease and Dementia.
This is one of the most severe neuromuscular health conditions. It’s a progressive nervous system disorder that affects the movement of the persons affected. The condition develops gradually, and it’s difficult to notice during its early stages. A tremor in one’s hand can be an early sign of the condition. In some cases, the disease can cause stiffness in the arms and legs, poor balance and lack of coordination, and slowness of movement. If you realise that your speech is becoming soft and slurred or your hands are not swinging as you walk, then these could be signs of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is caused by the death and damage of nerve cells in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain responsible for balance and coordination. These are nerve cells that are responsible for dopamine, a chemical that acts as the messenger between parts of the brain and nervous system. When these cells die or become damaged, the amount of dopamine in the body is slowly reduced. With reduced dopamine, the brain is unable to control and coordinate movement. This is when the patient starts experiencing slow and abnormal movement. Other factors that can trigger the development of PD include cerebrovascular diseases, environmental triggers, medication, or other progressive brain conditions.
Parkinson’s disease affects people across all ages and can manifest itself at any stage of life. In most cases, the disease is common with elders even though it comes to light often during the final stages of progression. The condition is common with sportsmen such as boxers and football player due to their exposure to head injuries. For those who have inherited the condition, it’s likely to manifest itself in the early stages of their development. What makes the disease hard to deal with is the fact that there is no specific test to diagnose it. Parkinson’s can only be diagnosed based on medical history, symptoms, and physical or neurological examination.
Currently, there is no scientifically proven cure for PD, but it can be managed successfully through physical exercises. Our professional physiologists will work with you to come up with a unique and tapered exercise program that makes it easier to manage the condition successfully.
Dementia is another serious neuromuscular condition that affects many people. It’s not a specific disease, but it’s a broad category or combination of brain diseases that cause long term or gradual deterioration in person’s cognitive ability. Dementia affects your thinking, your behaviour and your ability to perform your everyday tasks. In most cases, patients suffering from dementia have a problem remembering crucial information such as their names and that of family members and can easily get lost in the neighbourhood. It’s a condition that interferes with person’s normal social or work life significantly.
Dementia is basically caused by the damaging of nerve cells in the brain, leading to complete degeneration. With this condition, cells in the brain degenerate more quickly than they are being replaced. With the number of the brain cells going down, the person’s physical and mental ability will start to decline at the rate of degeneration. As the condition progresses, the patient becomes much worse. Although there is no clear explanation what causes brain cell degeneration, the condition is believed to be triggered by many factors including medication and other health conditions such as hypertension and chronic migraines.
Unlike most neuromuscular conditions that are genetically passed down, dementia is rarely inherited, but instead is acquired. The condition is common in elderly age 65 years and up. It’s also possible for people in their 40s and 50s to have dementia, although it occurs in rare cases. With numerous types of dementia, the diagnosis processes differ. Cognitive tests are the most common as they test the ability to think and remember. CT scans and other laboratory tests are also carried out on patients to observe the altering behaviours of the brain.
At present, there is no scientifically proven treatment for most of the dementias. The condition cannot be prevented either, and this is what makes dementia one of the most difficult medical conditions to deal with. However, some medications have been found to reduce symptoms, but physical therapy will also do wonders. With our professional physiologists, we can help you reduce the symptoms of dementia significantly. Our physiologist will work closely with you to develop the right physical exercise program that will lessen the impact of dementia. Just call Live Well Rehab, and you will be impressed by the results.