Take a minute and imagine a life with hand tremors everyday that makes it difficult to write, eat food, and simply hold items. While most of us take these things for granted, it’s a daily battle for someone with Parkinson’s. As it progresses, walking becomes a stiff-limbed shuffle, and their feet may suddenly seem to freeze to the floor. Its exact cause isn’t known, but Parkinson’s occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine — a chemical that helps control muscle movement — are slowly destroyed. Without dopamine, the cells cannot properly send messages, which leads to this loss of muscle function.
While treatments such as dopamine agonists and deep brain stimulation work as a stand-in for the lost dopamine-producing neurons, they do not slow down or reverse the damage and their effectiveness diminish. Over time, the symptoms get worse despite this treatment.
The Ozzie Smith Center offers a multifaceted approach using LSVT certified therapy, chiropractic, and stem cell treatements that may offer a longer-lasting solution. Research has shown that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) can help with some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. But what exactly are stem cells? Right now, we all have stem cells in our bodies that act as a repair system, replenishing our tissues. The stem cells were talking about are not the same kind as those steeped in ethical and political debate in the U.S. The latter are the human embryonic stem cells derived from unused embryos at in-vitro fertilization clinics. Were talking about MSCs that are found in our fat tissue. These are special cells that have the ability to produce new cells, mature into a variety of different cell types and mobilize in response to an injury. One long term clinical study found that stem cell therapy led to improvements in common symptoms including facial expression, gait and freezing episodes. Research has also shown improvements in other common behaviors such as tremor and motility.
Our own results have been extremely promising! Check out the below video for yourself:
If you would like to learn more about this treatment and others offered at the Ozzie Smith Center, simply call us at (314) 200-4955 or RSVP to [email protected]