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Movement Disorders

Below are a just a few of the movement disorders that present to our office. These conditions could involve gait, or how people walk, talk,  and move their body or extremities. We have a particular interest in eye movement in our office as they provide access to brain function. Many find our unique care provides them amazing results.

Ataxia patients experience a loss of muscle control in their arms and legs which can lead to a lack of balance, coordination, and possibly a disturbance in gait. Physiological or pathological lesions can cause ataxia patients’ brain dysfunction causing eye movement disorders, loss of control of the body, arms, legs, hands, fingers and even speech.
Dystonia is a neurological condition that causes increased activation of muscles beyond that which is needed for normal movement of the body. It can even cause simultaneous activation of antagonist muscles, causing the body to work against itself.

Segmental Dysfunction is a neurologic condition caused by poor sensory input, causing poor output from the brain, which alters proper activation of muscles and positioning of joints in the spine and extremities. This condition has the highest probability of reduction through coupled motion adjusting as functional neurologists are trained to do.

Essential Tremor is one of the most common movement disorders. This condition is often an inherited disorder that begins in later adulthood and progresses. Essential tremors are often noticed when arms are held up or hands are used for drinking, eating, writing, etc.

Parkinson’s Disease is the most common form of parkinsonism which is a group of motor system disorders. It is a progressive degenerative disease due to the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Parkinsons is often recognized with the classic ‘pill rolling’ movement of the hands.

Atypical Parkinsonisms are considered atypical as they are non-responsive to Parkinson’s disease medication such as levodopa.