Motor neuron disease affects a person when the motor neuron cells are destroyed. It causes the body muscles to go down in flexibility and functionality. This disease is considered to be progressive and is sure to reduce the life span of the person affected by it. Nothing is permanent in the world. Every human being struggles for living. But living a life, challenging against death can be made possible if a person is confident. There is no disease that cannot be cured by fighting against it.
These therapies are proved to improve the quality of life and also cure the disease if practiced with confidence and trust.
Conventional treatment through medicines
Conventional medicines prescribed by doctors are said to slow down the process of releasing the glutamates. Researchers have found these medicines to be successful in treating the disease and also prolonging life of a person. Medications that are found helpful are relaxants like benzodiazepines, tizanidine and baclofen are said to reduce the spasticity while medication like riluzole is said to slow down the process of glutamates. Benzodiazepines are said to treat panic attacks. Stronger medicines like morphine are used to treat any muscular pain. When taking these medicines one may experience slight dizziness and headache and also a feeling of vomiting at the time of the treatment with drugs. One can cope up it only with the help of nutritious food and exercises.
The treatment of physiotherapy may vary from person to person. It also depends on the symptoms of the disease. Some of the treatments that include in physiotherapy are:
Exercises done to maintain the strength of the muscles.
Treatment of hydrotherapy.
It helps in bringing changes to the affected moving patterns.
Exercises given to improve posture and balance.
Through physiotherapy, it is proven that the person can achieve the ability to promote independence and functional ability. Physiotherapy is a must for people suffering with motor neuron disease; this is because it helps in making the muscles flexible and prevents it from being stiff. The treatments of physiotherapy may change according to the severity of the symptoms of the person.
The researchers have found out that the people suffering with motor neuron disease can live longer with the help of the treatments that would help in clearing associated respiratory problems. Most of the people affected by this disease face the problem of heavy breathing and also speaking. Usage of nasal masks and other mouth pieces have said to improve the quality of their life. Doctors feel that the person affected by motor neuron disease faces death generally because of the problem that is caused by the respiratory issues.
Non invasive ventilation comes handy in this case, it is used to suck in the filtered air and send to the lungs. This is done to improve the quality of life of the patient. The non-invasive treatments help in reducing the symptoms of hypoventilation intermittently during night.
The chelation therapy is used to treat motor neuron disease through various types of toxic metals. The chelation therapy helps in bonding the arsenic particles with the blood stream which can be removed from the liver. The main agent that works against the disease is the EDTA. It captures the free radicals and the ROS that helps to maintain balance in the body. During chelation therapy, the body releases antioxidants that are used to protect the nerves from losing their functional ability. A person is said to be free from risk of stress and hypertension after several sessions of chelation therapy. It has proved to improve the quality of life of the person suffering from motor neuron disease. The intensity and frequency of chelation therapy depends upon the symptoms of the disease. As of now no side effects have been proved for these treatments.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy is said to prolong life of the person affected by motor neuron disease. The stem cells are usually found in the umbilical chord. These stem cells help in promoting support to the neuron. These stem cells help in improving the quality of life slowly. The stem cells manipulate and also produce other growth factors that control the genes. It helps in reconstructing the motor neurons and also reconstituting its functional abilities. The stem cells help in replacing the damaged tissues and rebuild the nerves and muscles that get affected by the motor neuron diseases. The patient can lead a normal lifestyle after the stem cell therapy.
High dose antioxidants
The antioxidants like the vitamin C and vitamin E are considered of doing favors to the person affected by the motor neuron disease. There are several free radicals that are produced; there are many normal or abnormal processes that involve the flow of oxygen in the cellular metabolism of the body. This kind of a situation is termed to as oxidative stress. The antioxidant neutralizes this oxidative stress and prevents them from causing further damage to the lipids. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenes and flavanoids contain the properties that can destroy the oxidative stress which is the main cause of MND. The doctor’s advise the patient to take these antibiotics on regular basis. They can either be taken separately or together. The patients are also advised to consume foods that are also richer in nutrients and antioxidants. After twelve months of the treatment with the combinations of high dose of antioxidants, it is proved that the quality of life of the patient can improve and also be free from the support of ventilation that is used for respiratory purposes.
Two main causes for a person to be affected by the motor neuron disease are the oxidative stress and excitotoxicity. The imbalance between the biological systems causes lesser production of reactive oxygen, thus causing to detoxify the ability of the system. Every enzyme in the body is maintained by the enzymes that have a reducing environment within the cells. These instances can be controlled using the metabolic energy that provides free radicals that can damage the cells and produce toxic effects. In the process of excitotoxicity, the nerve cells are damaged by glutamate that occurs when the person is affected by the MND disease. Excitotoxicity causes damage in the nerve cells causing spinal injury and stroke to the person and affects the central neuron system. Yoga system is considered to offer energy to the body that produces radicals that can easily destroy and fight against the cells and the enzymes that causes the disease. It is recommended by the doctors that the patients must practice yoga to live a fuller life and to fight against the MND.
The acupuncture is considered to be a traditional Chinese treatment that was discovered thousands of years ago. The Chinese practitioners feel that, when the patients affected by MND practices acupuncture, the energy named ‘Qi’ is let flow around the channels of the body and helps to maintain and restore the balance of the body. In this treatment, various needles are inserted into the body on the pressure points and a low voltage current is passed. This is said to destroy the radicals that cause the injuries. This treatment is recommended by doctors to cure MND and also other problems like knee pain, back pain and headaches and migraines.
Meditation is considered to be a treatment that causes control over the mind and also helps a person to overcome the disease by the power of mind. A man is considered to release high amount of positive energy at the time of meditation. This is said to cure any kind of illness in the body. The positive energy that is created within the man cures not only his illness but also builds the braveness and confidence to fight against the disease. The system of meditation is said to stimulate the energies that is inbuilt in the body and these energies can be controlled when concentrated by mind.
Reflexology is considered to be the treatment that was practiced in ancient Egypt and China. It is a form of foot therapy. It is considered to be one of the non invasive treatments that consider the mental and the emotional balance of the patient before the treatment starts. It is a wonderful therapy that helps balance the nervous system and increase the vitality of the body. It also helps in improving the quality of life providing self healing and also promoting it. These treatments may cause some temporary disorders like diarrhea and vomiting.
The massage therapy is said to stimulate blood flow in the body causing blood to damage all the radicals that cause the illness. The therapy is also said to control the flow of the radicals that causes the disease. The massage therapy is one of the most soothing therapies where the patients feel relaxed and are freed from stress and other issues. The doctors recommend massage therapy to the patients in order to provide relaxation to the body as well as the mind. This therapy not only boosts the confidence in the patient but assures to improve the quality of life.