Patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease may be able to improve their symptoms by learning to regulate their brains, a study suggests.
group of five patients were able to increase their motor speed by
monitoring magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of their own brain
activity as they carried out a finger-tapping task. After a time, they had learned to alter activity in specific parts of the brain affected by Parkinson's. Similar biofeedback techniques have
previously been used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) and combat chronic pain.
Study leader Professor David Linden,
from the University of Cardiff, said: 'This is the first time that this
neurofeedback technique has been used with patients with Parkinson's
brain activity in humans based on real-time feedback is emerging as a
powerful technique. In this study, we assessed whether patients with
Parkinson's disease are able to alter their brain activity to improve
their motor function. We
found that the five patients who received neurofeedback were able to
increase activity in brain networks important for movements and that
this intervention resulted in an overall improvement in motor speed - in
this case, finger tapping.'
Source - Daily Mail