Ive worked a lot with people with Parkinson’s disease, or more correctly those who have Parkinsonian symptoms. So, Ive learned heaps from just working with people, studying neurology, asking questions as well as trying stuff out. So due to the amount of information this will cover two blogs.

I’m going to make my work into a practical workshop to anyone can make a home program, which will be presented at the Parkinson’s North Yorkshire AGM, Ill film it too so that it can be viewed by a wider audience.

So, this months blog is about Parkinson’s disease and some easy neurological exercises that can help with some of the problems associated with having parkinsonian symptoms.

The main brain areas which I focus my work on with people with Parkinsonian symptoms are as follows

1. The midbrain – Why? Dopamine is made here in the substabtia nigra, midbrain plays a big role in sleep and many other reasons..see next blog
2. Olfactory nerve (CN1), smell – Why? Because syneuclein builds up in the olfactory bulb and can affect sense of smell
3. Vagus nerve (CN10), organs and gut – Why? Gut issues are common in Parkinson’s
4. The vestibular system, particularly the anterior canals, as they are linked to the frontal lobe and are more affected.

An upward OPK (opto kinetic reflex) trace is great stimulation for the midbrain and the anterior canals, this is what the black and white stripe on the featured image is.

Here is an example of an OPK trace


There is also an app called optodrum which can be obtained for apple and android devices.

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  1. I will definitely check this out! As my father, before he passed, suffered through this…..and as we did not know at the time how to help him, it was painful for us to watch him go through it. And though she shows no signs, we want to be informed of any and all symptoms and any way to ease the problems that go with it. (I know because my father had it, it doesn’t mean my mother will)

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