We offer a safe and alternative treatment for Parkinson’s Disease in the Knoxville, TN area to the traditional pharmaceutical and occupational therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works well with other therapies. Bell Family Chiropractic is the only office offering this service to those with Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Bell had been a guest speaker at Parkinson’s support groups.
What is Parkinson’s
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.
Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease
When someone who is 21-50 years old receives a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, it is referred to as early onset Parkinson’s disease, or young onset Parkinson’s disease. While the symptoms of the disease are mostly the same at whatever age it develops, younger people will experience the disease differently due to their unique life circumstances. Managing the disease can be particularly challenging for a younger person and their family from a medical, psychological and social standpoint.
Signs and Symptoms
- Subtle decrease in dexterity
- Decreased arm swing on the first-involved side
- Soft voice
- Decreased facial expression
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased sense of smell
- Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction (eg, constipation, sweating abnormalities, sexual dysfunction, seborrheic dermatitis)
- A general feeling of weakness, malaise Depression or anhedonia
- Slowness in thinking
Alternative Treatment – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Bell Family Chiropractic utilities mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The chamber is pressurized to 1.3 atmospheres and a supplemental oxygen is provided for the patient.
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.
Sessions are for an hour at a time and are very comfortable. The patient lays down and is able to sleep, read, or even play on their phone.
Contact us with any questions you may have.