Healing Parkinson’s Disease Naturally – Recovery Inspiration #13 … The Benefits of Karate Strikes!

karate kicksI took up martial arts in 1989 after being inspired by a motivational speaker at a company conference. In 1996, after receiving my black belt, I opened my own karate club along with two partners. In 2007, I started teaching on my own. Martial arts has been a big part of my life for the past 28 years. and now that I am retired, I still practice every day.

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 244 … Chiropractic treatment for TMJ!

tmjToday I went to see a chiropractor for the first time in 30 years. I made the appointment because my jaw is out of joint [commonly referred to as temporomandibular joint or TMJ] and my spine is curved [commonly referred to as scoliosis].

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 243 … The key to recovery: Remap the brain by retraining the mind and body!

neural pathwaysRemapping the brain! It’s what the book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Norman Doidge, is all about. Dr. Joe Dispenza discusses it at length in his book, You are the Placebo. Both authors take the position that any neurological condition can be overcome by creating new synapses and neural pathways in the brain.

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 239 … My Walking Challenge … Update!

fluid motionMy, how quickly my walking has improved!

Last week, I told you about the challenges I was experiencing, walking. I have been walking on a gravel road and had gotten to the point where I was shuffle-walking pretty badly, particularly when I tried multitasking while walking [thinking about stuff, practicing qigong or bostaff techniques, or just observing my surroundings]. I was starting to not enjoy walking!

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 238 … Correcting Loss of Balance!

signalsOkay, I’m going to do my best to explain this loss of balance phenomenon and how to correct it. It is the most challenging aspect of the neurological condition I’m experiencing and I’m certain I now understand it.

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 232 … A car ride messes me up!

prov bayYesterday, my neighbor Saul took me for a ride around the island. I had met him a month previous and had run into him earlier that morning while out walking. During our conversation, I mentioned that I had never been to Providence Bay, so he dropped by to take me there.

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 231 … Minimizing Freezing!

movementOne of the more challenging aspects of my experience with a neurological condition is freezing. Freezing happens when I am unable to move my feet, usually from a standing position. It typically occurs at the most inopportune time, like when I’m losing my balance. I have hurtled headlong into more than one wall because of it.

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 226 … This is Temporary!

temporaryWhen people ask me what it is like living with this neurological condition [parkinson’s] I typically respond by telling them this. It is at the same time confounding, frustrating and fascinating!

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My Journey with Parkinson’s … A Natural Approach: Post 215 … Dissolving fear through acceptance, trust and faith!

calmnessIt appears that I’m being presented with the opportunity to dissolve fear in a big way, perhaps once and for all. A number of situations are going on in my life presently that are bringing me face to face with fear, not the least of which, is that I’m retiring from teaching martial arts and moving to Manitoulin Island at the end of April in order to focus on recovering my health. As a result, I’ve been experiencing incredibly intense symptoms, particularly loss of balance and trembling.

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