Weighted Blanket for Parkinson's Disease
Being diagnosed with a chronic neurological illness such as Parkinson’s Disease can be stressful, painful, and frustrating. An estimated 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the condition every year and there are about 7 to 10 million people worldwide with Parkinson’s.
A person with Parkinson’s might experience feelings of depression and may have a hard time coming to terms with their diagnosis. Parkinson’s is chronic and progressive and an individual’s symptoms may vary from day to day.
This brain disease damages the neurons in the brain which then affect the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. Since these neurons get damaged progressively, symptoms gradually worsen. Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, with different methods of therapy and treatments, individuals with the disease can keep enjoying an active lifestyle for several years.
What causes Parkinson’s Disease?
There is no known cause for Parkinson’s disease, however there are certain risk factors that make a person more likely to develop the condition. Some of the possible causes of Parkinson’s Disease are genetic mutation, exposure to certain toxins like well water, pesticides or metal. Family history and heredity are other reasons why a person may develop the condition.
Parkinson’s is also more likely to develop in men than in women. Some young adults may have Parkinson’s, but the disease usually develops when a person reaches the age of 60 and up.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Symptoms of Parkinson’s can be both non-motor and movement-related. Often, individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s experience non-motor symptoms prior to movement-related symptoms.
The following are non-motor related symptoms that an individual may experience:
- Loss of sense of smell (initially, there will be a difficulty in identifying smells or determining between odors)
- Excessive saliva
- Constipation (due to slower digestive tract)
- Vision and dental problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of facial expressions
- Mood disorders
- Orthostatic hypotension
Movement related symptoms include but are not limited to the following:
- Slowness of movement
- Difficulty walking
- Problems with balance
How can Parkinson’s Disease be prevented?
Since there are no proven causes of the disease, methods of prevention are unclear. However, a certain number of studies report that a healthy consumption of caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, or cola may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
What are some of the treatments for Parkinson’s Disease?
There is no known cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but there are certain forms of therapy and medication that can help address symptoms. Treatment should be adjusted depending on what symptoms the individual is experiencing.
Medication.Doctors can prescribe medicine that can target low brain dopamine concentrations which causes problems with walking, movement and tremors. Carbidopa-levodopa is the most effective Parkinson’s Disease medication which is a natural chemical that is converted into dopamine. Dopamine agonists are also prescribed by doctors to mimic dopamine effects. Though they aren’t as effective as levodopa, they have a longer lasting effect.
Surgical Procedures.Implanting electrodes into a specific part of the brain to send electrical pulses that may reduces Parkinson’s. However, surgery is a risky method of treating Parkinson’s since there is a higher chance of the patient developing infections, having a stroke or getting a brain hemorrhage. Usually this method is only suggested when Parkinson’s has advanced and is no longer treatable with medication.
Physical Therapy.Having a physical therapists to aid in balance training, resistance training, balance, and exercise can reduce the risk of accidents like falling due to motor-related difficulties.
Occupational Therapy.Most individuals stricken with the disease gradually have loss of movement which inhibits them from doing tasks of daily living. Occupational therapy lets a person with Parkinson’s be able to live independently and be able to eat, write, and do other daily tasks.
Speech Therapy.For people experiencing dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), a speech pathologist or therapist can aid in treating all types of speech, language, oral, and communication problems. They can also teach non-verbal communication techniques so that a person with Parkinson’s can conserve energy.
How can Miran Blanket help person’s suffering from Parkinson’s Disease?
People who have Parkinson’s Disease experience sleep issues because a part of the brain that regulates movement during sleep is affected by the disease. People who have Parkinson’s will have symptoms such as daytime sleepiness, nightmares, restless legs syndrome, leg movements/jerking while asleep.
With Miran Blanket, people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease are guaranteed to have a good night’s sleep. With its polyester microbeads distributed in 6” pockets throughout the soft and luxurious fabric, Miran Blanket is designed to reduce movement and induce calmness which makes it easier to fall asleep.
The hug-like sensation and weight of the blanket provides a sense of safety and security that helps the individual relax. It’s a non-invasive and cost-effective way to address sleep related concerns and allows the Parkinson’s sufferer to have a healthy, restorative sleep.