Exploring Ayurveda For Cerebellar Ataxia And Pain Control

Western medicine is innovative, but if you search through PubMed, you find very few drug trials for degenerative cerebellar ataxia. There is no known cure for ataxia, so our best hope still lies in finding a therapy to ease the symptoms. With all the modern innovations available what if one possible answer lies in an ancient system of holistic healing? Ayurvedic medicine deserves a look. “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda ( knowledge) and is the oldest (5,000-year-old) recorded system of medicine in history. It combines the concept of whole health; lifestyle, exercise, diet along with medicinal herb compounds, some which predate written history. Many traditional therapies are now being studied in a clinical setting using western methods of research, double-blind trials, and research review to prove or disprove their efficacy. The most promising trial we’ve previously highlighted is Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxia After Ayurvedic Therapy. In 2009 a joint study in India was conducted by…

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20 Strength Exercises When You’re Fighting Mobility Problems

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  Finding a user-friendly exercise program for patients diagnosed with related ataxia symptoms isn’t easy. For example, Gary is limited to lifting 10lbs so he doesn’t cause fresh bleeding into his CNS. Standing or sitting with free weights is a no-no; even without the lifting limit, you wouldn’t want to be the spotter with his balance problem. Before his nerve block, getting down on the floor to do planks, sit-ups or leg lifts would bring an instant migraine. Exercising was a minefield. Gary’s appointment for his balance and gait evaluation gave us the opportunity to ask the kinesiology department these questions. He needed a low-impact strength program designed so it: Could be done at home Wouldn’t trigger headaches Balance problems wouldn’t interfere Muscle tone could be strengthened or maintained   The physical therapist built a program with ten strength exercises, each set targeting the upper or lower body using resistance…

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What’s Your Fall Risk?

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If you’re living with a gait and balance impairment, this is a familiar scenario. You’re innocently walking, minding your own business, and out of nowhere an angry rogue floor knocks you down. No reason, just walking, then BOOM,  down you go. Laughing about a rogue surface helps lighten an embarrassing situation, but mobility problems can impair your ability to exercise, put you at risk for sprains, bruises or worst case, breaking a bone. Gary’s gait and balance have slowly been declining. His balance is not as bad as his gait on flat surfaces, but if he’s on uneven ground or attacked by an angry floor its impossible to stop a fall. His neurologist felt it was important he start a physical therapy program to maintain muscle strength. His PCP thought it might be time to transition from a cane to a walker. Cerebellar degeneration or atrophy is often the underlying cause of…

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Can Physical Therapy Help Balance Problems?

We’re one year into chelation therapy now with another two years left to go if we’re lucky. The possibility is very real Gary’s cerebellar degeneration will continue. We stumbled on an intriguing blog while searching for physical therapies we could add to our exercise routine that might help with the balance and gait issues.

Some days are better than others. But you start to worry about what the future will bring when you see someone you love hit the ground. Walking across the living room, and BOOM, down you go. A flat case of losing your balance.

Balance and Gait Therapeutic Alternatives

Cynthia Gibson-Horn is a physical therapist who designed a remarkably straightforward combination of a weighted balance vest worn during physical therapy. The vest, “BalanceWear® Orthotic.” is now available. Treatment includes a patient evaluation so a custom weighted vest can provide counter-balance to the individual’s particular balance needs.

The results are remarkable. Multiple Sclerosis, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Parkinson’s, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Cerebellar Degeneration patients have all benefited from therapy. Terry Hayes suffers from cerebellar degeneration. Doctors thought she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Six months later Terry’s progress is astounding.

                        You can read Terry Hayes story on the MotionTherapeutics Inc website.

 MotionTherapeutics Inc. provides non-invasive therapeutic solutions for balance and mobility disorders using Balanced-Based Torso-Weighting® (BBTW®) garmets. Once fitted with the BBTW® garment, clients often achieve immediate improvement in their ambulatory ability.

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Living On Tilt: Ataxia

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Dealing with ataxia, gait and impaired balance   50% of Superficial Siderosis patients will have to learn to live their lives permanently on tilt. Ataxia related gait and balance issues were a late addition to our list of symptoms, but here they are. In early 2013 random bouts of nausea and vertigo would hit with no warning. Walking would sometimes be puzzling because of the sudden listing to one side or the other. It was the combination of hearing and balance struggles that would lead ultimately to a correct diagnosis. If you are familiar with Texas HoldEm, you may have heard people around the poker table talking about “going on tilt.” You’re having a good night; cards are falling your way, and you’re holding a handthe odds say is pretty darn unbeatable. You’ve been counting   your pot since the turn, betting steady and when you think it’s a done deal the…

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