Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.
The three main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
- involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor)
- slow movement
- stiff and inflexible muscles
A person with Parkinson's disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms, including:
- depression and anxiety
- balance problems – this may increase the chance of a fall
- loss of sense of smell (anosmis)
- problems sleeping (insomnia)
- memory problems
Causes of Parkinson's disease:
Parkinson's disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain.
Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body. A reduction in dopamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Exactly what causes the loss of nerve cells is unclear. Most experts think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.
At TherapyMatters we are effective at helping you and your Parkinson's condition - we are able to assess and treat your key problems related to the condition and help you to manage them. We will give you a Home Exercise Programme and help you to keep fit and active as much as possible - please phone us if you have any questions or need to discuss this some more, we are always happy to help.