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April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and understanding about this debilitating neurological condition. An estimated 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, making it the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s. It affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds and can have an enormous impact on their lives as well as those around them.

During this month-long observance, we at Springfield Wellness Center want you to know about our Parkinson’s treatment, which is offering new hope and possibilities to people living with this disease. We also want to help educate the public about what Parkinson’s is, how it affects those living with it, available resources for support and caregiving tips, and ways that everyone can take part in raising awareness. Many people worldwide are affected by this illness but often feel like they don’t have a voice or a platform to be heard; let us use our collective voice to bring attention to this important cause!

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. It is characterized by slow movement, tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance. In addition to physical symptoms, people with Parkinson’s may also experience cognitive changes, such as memory and thinking problems. The cause of the disease is unknown, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Facts About Parkinson’s

In addition to the above, there are numerous facts that anyone who wants to learn more about this condition should be aware of. For instance:

  • Men are nearly twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Smoking increases your risk of developing Parkinson’s by up to 60%.
  • Approximately 20% of patients with Parkinson’s experience hallucinations or delusions at some point in their lives due to dopamine imbalances in their brains.
  • The majority of those diagnosed will not require medications or surgery, while others may need more intensive treatments such as deep brain stimulation (DBS).
  • Regular exercise and physical activity have been shown to help reduce symptoms, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s.
  • Although there have been numerous advances in understanding and treating this condition over the past decades, there continues to be no known cure yet available for people living with this illness.

This last point is an important one because there are programs like the one at Springfield Wellness Center that are making great strides in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Treating Parkinson’s Disease at Springfield Wellness Center

Springfield Wellness Center is at the forefront of Parkinson’s treatment. One of the most advanced and exciting approaches to treatment is our own nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) therapy.

Research documents a relationship between the types of degeneration found in Parkinson’s disease and the normal depletion of NAD+, a coenzyme found in all living cells that declines with age. Our clinicians at Springfield Wellness Center have developed intravenous NAD+ administration protocols for treating symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Here are links to three published studies: IV NAD Parkinson’s Disease Symptom Reduction: A Case Report – Nad Research, Inc.; IV NAD Alleviates Tremors Associated With Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Report – Nad Research, Inc.; and IN NAD for Management of Tremors and Symptoms Associated with Parkinson’s Disease – Nad Research, Inc.

These findings indicate that the use of NAD+ for initial treatment and follow-up shows therapeutic potential in alleviating tremors and improving symptoms of the pain and cognitive impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease.

So, our research shows that NAD+ can relieve tremors, help with the pain associated with Parkinson’s disease, and improve cognitive impairments. In the cases we’ve treated, patients have resumed many of their activities of daily living and been able to stop all other Parkinson’s medications. Our treatment is most effective when used early in the onset of the disease–however, we have also effectively treated a patient 10 years after his initial diagnosis. At the very least, as an add-on to traditional medications and standard care for Parkinson’s, NAD+ can be a tool for a better quality of life.

Learn More at Springfield Wellness Center During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is a great time to spread awareness about Parkinson’s as well as offer support and resources to those affected. To learn more about the Parkinson’s treatment program at Springfield Wellness Center, reach out to us today at 844.334.4727 or use our convenient online form.