“I often say, I don’t have a choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices I can make.” Michael J. Fox

I think there’s something so special about December. Yes, it’s colder and darker outside, but every year at this time, a pleasant nostalgia moves through my soul, settling over me like a toasty blanket. I try to ignore annoying stresses and focus on good memories, faith, and the pleasures of holiday gatherings with family and friends.

And, December is also Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research website states that “2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Michael J. Fox Foundation started with one urgent goal — find a cure and go out of business. While 200 years is far too long for patients and their loved ones to wait, there has been significant scientific progress in the last few decades alone and there is tremendous cause for optimism.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the brain that occurs as the result of insufficient quantities of the neurotransmitter dopamine in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra.

The distinctive symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

Tremors

Many people with Parkinson’s disease develop tremors that are most prominent in the hands and fingers. These tend to occur when the limbs are relaxed, disappearing when performing tasks such as drinking or eating. About 30% of people with Parkinson’s disease never develop a tremor.

Stiffness

This is a common early sign of Parkinson’s disease and is most obvious in the arms, shoulder or neck, although it can occur in all muscle groups. People may have difficulty getting out of a chair, turning or rolling over in bed, or walking. Fine finger movements such as tying a shoelace may also be difficult. Pain or a deep aching sensation in the muscles may also be felt.

Bradykinesia

This means slowness of movement and is a disabling and frustrating symptom of Parkinson’s disease. People have difficulty initiating movement and movement may be slow. There may also be a lack of coordination when moving.

Loss of Balance

This is a symptom that tends to develop later in Parkinson’s disease. Because of impaired balance and co-ordination, a person with Parkinson’s disease can develop a forward or backward lean. They may start to walk with small steps. Falls are common.

Bio-Touch has been shown to ease symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective touch-healing technique that complements mainstream medical protocols. Everyone can learn how to use Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.

That’s why the Bio-Touch organization is offering a workshop on Parkinson’s disease at the Center in Tucson on Thursday Dec. 28th from 6-8PM. Workshop attendees will learn the Bio-Touch points necessary to address the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

So if you’re in the Tucson area, bring your friends and family to the Center at 5634 E. Pima St. It’s fun to share Bio-Touch, and you’ll feel great learning how to help others feel better! For more information or to learn about online classes, Click here

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