Neurodegenerative Disorders Specialist

The Brain Center

Lars Landers, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., D.I.B.E.

BOARD CERTIFIED NEUROLOGIST & ELECTRODIAGNOSTIC SPECIALIST LOCATED IN SOUTHBOROUGH, MA

Neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease affect millions of people across the globe. Though there’s no cure for neurodegenerative disorders, yet, board-certified chiropractic clinical neurologist Lars Landers, DC, DIBCN, DIBE, provides treatments that strengthen the nervous system and decrease symptom intensity at The Brain Center in Southborough, Massachusetts. If you or a loved one has a neurodegenerative disorder, call or book an appointment online today.

Neurodegenerative Disorders Q&A

What are neurodegenerative disorders?

Neurodegenerative disorders are a group of diseases that occur when cells in the brain or peripheral nervous system lose function due to damage caused by an attack on the body. The Brain Center offers treatments for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders, including:

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) happens when your immune system attacks the myelin sheath, which is a protective covering over nerve cells. Myelin helps with nerve signal conduction, which is essential for proper communication in the brain. 

Common symptoms of MS include muscle weakness, coordination problems, double vision, and sensation abnormalities. 

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder that primarily affects movement. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually start gradually and often include tremors, muscle stiffness, and slowed movement. Symptoms like anxiety and depression, behavioral problems, and dementia are also common.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent cause of dementia, which is a continuous decline in cognitive abilities as well as behavioral and social skills. Alzheimer’s involves a progressive shrinking and degeneration of the cells in your brain along with an accumulation of improperly-formed proteins called plaques that lead to a loss of brain function. 

What causes neurodegenerative disorders?

Precisely what causes disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease remains unknown. The risk of getting a neurodegenerative disease increases dramatically with age. 

Genetic factors may also make you more susceptible to certain neurodegenerative diseases, while environmental conditions throughout life contribute to whether, when, and how severely they affect you. 

What treatments are available for neurodegenerative disorders?

Neurodegenerative disorders like MS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease have no cure. But the experts at The Brain Center provide exercises and therapeutic treatments that strengthen the nervous system and reduce the severity of symptoms. 

Their treatments focus on exercising the brain and encouraging neuroplastic change. Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to form new pathways throughout life. Establishing and strengthening neural connections helps your brain adapt to changes from injury or illness. 

Depending on the type and severity of your condition, less-conservative treatments, such as medications, may be useful.

To learn more about treating neurodegenerative disorders by improving neural function, call The Brain Center, or book an appointment online today.