Twenty years ago, neurologists were saying the brain, the spinal cord can’t heal or regenerate. Today when you ask a neurologist who is reading their own medical literature the answer is “yes, under certain circumstances.” This book is about those circumstances. It is about what needs to change so that you get a difference outcome that what you have been getting.
This book is a road map for anyone who wants to develop a better functioning nervous system, whether they are under a little too much stress leading to imbalances or have been recently diagnosed with Huntington's ataxia or cerebellar ataxia or had a spinal cord injury twenty years ago. This is designed for anyone who finds themselves unsteady and falling, losing their balance, or with a serious diagnosis like Friedreich's ataxia or some other inherited balance issue.
This book is designed to help you regain your balance both physical steadiness on your feet and smooth muscle movements as well as find the balance to live a more fulfilling, creative life. There are easy exercises, self-care recommendations and scientific / medical research snippets. some of the exercises are based on the concept of using the mind to heal the brain and explore the relationship between what you think and perceive and how that changes the physical substrate of the brain and nervous system.
The exercises are designed to help you if you are struggling with walking and balance, speech and articulation issues, joint pain, sensory loss, depression, nerve pain or sensory neuropathy. These exercises will also benefit you if you just want to feel and function better and find new ways to improve your nervous system as you age.
This book is for you if you have been diagnosed with Cerebellar Ataxia, Huntington's Disease (a genetic movement disorder), X-linked spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (Kennedy disease), Friedreich's ataxia and mitochondrial diseases, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Charcot-Marie Tooth, Dentatorubro-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA), Inherited prion disease, Neuroacanthocytosis, Brain iron accumulation disorders, Benign hereditary chorea, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, focal dystonia (unusually tight twisted muscles), Parkinson's disease (tremor movement disorder), and Wilson's disease (genetic copper processing disorder), Ataxia with isolated vitamin E deficiency (AVED), Ataxia Telangiectasia, Cayman ataxia, Ataxia with oculomotor apraxia.
There is also help for you if you have Acquired Chorea due to vascular disease, post-infective autoimmune central nervous system disorders (PANDAS), drugs, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome, thyrotoxicosis, AIDS, chorea gravidarum, and polycythaemia rubra vera.
This book includes unique exercises from the field of complementary and alternative medicine like the fractal vision exercises, disgust exercises for better balance (using the mind to heal the brain) and homeopathic visualizations.
Enriched Environments and Brain Plasticity Exercise: Look around your living and working space. Is it interesting? Does it change? Are their puzzles and activities to engage and challenge your brain? Change something every day. Design your space with color, variety, and interest in mind. This is what is known as an enriched environment, as opposed to boring and monotonous.
Behavioral, cellular and molecular studies have revealed significant effects of enriched environments and provided new insights into mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity, including adult neurogenesis [brain development] and synaptic plasticity [adaptable brain connections]. The onset and progression of Huntington's disease in mice is delayed by environmental enrichment. Consciously changing your environment can improve ataxia!
Some sections may only be comprehensible to the medical practitioner but the exercises are easy to understand and apply resulting in a high quality of life.