Movement Disorders

All movement disorders are progressive. Based on which area of the brain is involved, movement disorders will have different clinical symptoms and treatment.

Abnormal movement can occur in the head, neck, arms, legs, hands, feet, lips, palate or tongue. These movements can occur in Cerebellar Disorders, Dystonia, Parkinson’s Disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), Essential Tremor, FND/conversion, Tics, and more.

We apply a non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical brain based rehab approach based on current research.  Both the PONS and tDCS in conjunction with very specif rehab to target the area of the brain involved is used.

Although some conditions, such as Parkinson’s as of now have no cure, we have assisted many in regaining their quality of life using functional neurology based rehab.

Dependent on your exam findings, exercises may include neurostimulation (PONS, vagus, trigeminal), frontal lobe training, saccadic eye function, optokinetics, upper and lower body ergometer, gait retraining, balance training strategies, Interactive metronome, and more.

Patient with severe ataxia is receiving Peripheral Somatosensory Therapy while therapist is performing a smooth figure 8 movement. This is giving cerebellar feedback to smooth out his movements.

Patient with Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) is receiving Peripheral Somatosensory therapy to the nerve that is paired with vibration. Increasing his brains awareness to his lower extremities and decrease spasticity for better balance and gait.

Patient with multiple system atrophy (MSA) is using the Fitlights to work on reaction speed, speech/intonation and cognition.

A 61 year old Parkinson’s no longer has Tardive Dyskinesia.

He is in once a week to work on balance training, paired with a vestibular and optokinetic stimulation which fires into the mesencephalon where the Dopamine making center are located. 

He also continues to receive Vagus, trigeminal and peripheral somatosensory stimulation to keep his Tardive Dyskinesia in check.

A 31 year old with truncal ataxia, tremors and double vision following an assault is on the interactive metronome (IM). Brain stem injury.

He cannot walk without truncal stability, and loss of depth perception.

Smoothing out his movements using the IM and RPS therapy will decrease his tremors.

Patient with Acquired brain Injury which has resulted in a movement disorder and significant double vision preventing him from walking.  He is performing eye hand targets with speech and intonation…. an engaging exercise