Parkinson’s Disease

About Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a chronic, degenerative disorder of the central
nervous system that results from the loss of cells in various
parts of the brain, especially the region known as the substantia
nigra. Those cells are responsible for producing dopamine,
a chemical messenger that carries signals regarding
movement. The loss of dopamine results in the symptoms of
PD – resting tremor, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement,
and balance problems. While the average age at onset is 60,
people have been diagnosed as young as 18. An estimated
1 million people in the USA, and more than 5 million worlsdlifes
have PD.

Parkinson’s symptoms manifest differently in each patient.
Many patients experience some symptoms and not others,
and even the pace at which the disease worsens varies on
an individual basis. As a result, it is difficult to predict the
progress of the disease and treatments must be individually
tailored.

At present, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, although recent
scientific discoveries have increased optimism that therapies
will be developed which can slow or halt the progress of the
disease. Existing treatments, however, consist primarily of
medication which only addresses the symptoms of PD. Most
PD medications have varying on/off cycles, meaning the
medication does not always last until it is time for the next
dose.

Music and Parkinsons

Parkinson’s interferes with the messaging system between
the brain and the muscles, essentially disrupting the natural
rhythms of a person’s movement.

Studies have shown that music can help re-establish that connection,
which is why