Parkinson’s is a debilitating, progressive disease that affects 1% of people over the age of 60.
In Parkinson’s disease certain cells within the brain stem, called the substantia nigra, make less of the neuro-transmitter dopamine. This causes the jerky, slowed movements, difficulty walking and speaking and the resting tremor of the hands. Perhaps the most famous younger patient is Michael J Fox who was only 29 when he was diagnosed.
Typically Parkinson’s is treated with medication and occupational or physical therapy. There is a brand new application of Laser therapy to reach the area of the disease and stimulate more normal function. Movements can be smoother, better coordinated. Tasks of daily living, like eating can be improved with steadier movements.