Movement Disorders

  • Movement disorders are neurological disorders that cause abnormal movements. These movements can be voluntary movements or involuntary movements. The movements can be slow or fast.

  • Some common movement disorders are Dystonia, Ataxia, Tremor, Tourette’s Syndrome and Restless Leg Syndrome.

  • Movement Disorders affect the sublayer of the brain called the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia has 2 pathways that influence the motor pathways with movement. One pathway excites the system and the other pathway relaxes the system. Movement Disorders affect the relaxing part of the basal ganglia which causes the excitatory pathway to over fire.

  • In my experience exercises that can help with movements disorders is Vestibular Head Movements to calm the excitatory pathway down and exercise the relaxing pathway in the sublayer of the brain called the basal ganglia.

  • With Vestibular Head Movements I find the exact specific way to do the exercise which can be different for each client. My work involves customizing those exercises that will be specific for each client.

  • Other exercises that work is to exercise the frontal lobe. There is an area of the frontal lobe called the dorsal lateral pre-frontal cortex. This area can help with, short-term memory, focus, and attention.

  • One of the ways to exercise the frontal lobe and the dorsal lateral pre-frontal cortex is to have the eyes move to an opposite target called an anti-saccade. This exercise can be accomplished using the eye movements exercises in my Brain Exercise Software.