Why is the Parkinson’s Treatment Plan at Oxford Recovery Center Different?
Oxford’s approach to treating a person with Parkinson’s Disease is unique. Parkinson’s is a complex disease, so we take a holistic, multi-faceted approach to treating it. Oxford provides numerous treatments and therapies, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, qEEGs, Neurofeedback, and Medical Consultations, in a coordinated program where providers work together and communicate with each other to ensure the best results. Oxford’s treatment program offers a comprehensive care plan directed at treating so many aspects of Parkinson’s disease, giving the patient the ultimate opportunity to reach their best potential!
What Does a Parkinson’s Treatment Plan at Oxford Recovery Center Look Like?
The Parkinson’s Treatment Program at Oxford Recovery Center starts with a FREE, no-obligation Discovery Session where a nurse sits with the patient to learn their journey. With this knowledge, the nurse can develop a treatment plan customized to the patient. Once treatment begins, the nurse will monitor the patient’s care, coordinating with all providers to ensure optimal results.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It is viewed as a chronic inflammatory condition of the brain, especially in the substantia nigra.
Our unique foundation for our treatment of Parkinson’s begins with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT is used to treat the inflammation. Oxygen administered in HBOT is the primary tool the body uses to combat inflammation, making hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) a perfect start. HBOT delivers 100% oxygen at pressures greater than normal which increases oxygen absorption allowing it concentrate in plasma. This allows the body to deliver more oxygen to damaged areas to ward off inflammation.
Soon after treatment begins, a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) may get involved to determine and treat the root cause of the patient’s symptoms. Genetic SNP testing is one tool used to examine genetic markers which can reveal the cause of symptoms and conditions associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
As part of the Medical Consultation program, the Doctor will often look for natural ways to treat symptoms and conditions. Pharmaceutical drugs and surgery are used as a last result. Instead, natural supplements are used. For instance, to further the reduction of inflammation, the Doctor might look to anti-inflammatory supplements like Glutathione. It is a natural antioxidant and studies show many Parkinson’s patients have low levels of Glutathione.
Many Parkinson’s patients have trouble speaking and swallowing. Our Speech Therapists treat all types of speech, language, and communications problems, including voice volume and articulation. We have Speech Therapists trained in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) which provides motor learning and neuroplasticity to help the brain relearn proper speech and voice function. They are also able to evaluate swallowing functions and provide treatment if necessary.
Parkinson’s can make movement difficult and painful. Our intensive physical therapy program focuses on retraining the body and brain from a neurological standpoint compared to the traditional muscular approach. Patients are trained to use muscles correctly, rather than compensating for muscle groups that are not functioning properly. Our goal goes beyond regaining mobility. We strive to help patients regain proper mobility, so there are no lurking issues that may cause problems in the future.
Occupational Therapy may also be part of our Parkinson’s treatment plan. An occupation is anything that occupies your time. Our Occupational Therapists help Parkinson’s patients with movements to complete any occupation not treated in other therapies. They can also address any issue the patient is having with daily tasks, such as cooking or dressing.
Can I Afford It?
Depending on your insurance, most services like Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, qEEGs, and Medical Consultation are typically covered for treating Parkinson’s. Other therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Neurofeedback may be private pay. Oxford Recovery Center will do what it can to ensure your recovery from Parkinson’s is affordable.
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