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Are you one of the ten million people worldwide living with Parkinson's disease? Is someone you love losing their independence or their ability to walk due to Parkinson's disease?
Possibly you have found success in medications and surgery. Perhaps you are looking for other ways to decrease the tremors in your hands, so you can enjoy a dinner out with friends. Maybe you want to improve your walking or are a lifelong runner who has had to give up exercise because of the stiffness in your legs and the pain in your back. Maybe you want to read this book to learn some easy ways to balance your brain chemistry and feel more expressive, more focused, and more successful.
ACUPUNCTURE, REIKI, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Have you tried acupuncture for the symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Have you been thinking about how Craniosacral therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy or Reiki could improve your life?
MATRIX ENERGETICS or EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT)
Maybe someone has talked to you about the benefits of Matrix Energetics, Emotional Freedom Technique's light tapping or Nature's Sensational Medicine. Perhaps you have never even heard of any of these things but your are searching for something that will help you feel better and are open to something new.
There is a saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," but do you know the second part of the saying?
"The fastest way to become an old dog? .... Stop learning new tricks."
Yes, some of these exercises can seem crazy but before you decide, spend two minutes doing one of the many exercises, visualizations, movements. Spend some time looking at the colors around you or reading the research from ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine or the latest article from Amy Cuddy, a Harvard professor who has found that two minutes of "Power Posing" or standing in a Wonder Woman or Superman posture can improve testosterone levels, literally making you a more powerful leader. Striking a two minute pose, standing or moving in a particular way also decreases cortisol levels, which makes you more adaptable and less stressed.
Read the research linking dopamine to the energy of your gallbladder, even if it has been removed. In Acupuncture the gallbladder meridian is associated with the color green. It is, along with the liver a Wood Element. What if visualizing the color green flowing through your body, through your brain, through your liver and gallbladder could improve your control of movement, walking, or your facial expressions? Would it be worth spending two minutes a day?
What if visualizing yourself moving in a smooth controlled conscious way could help you in the real world to drive more safely, walk without falling and enjoy your family more. Read the research on motor imagery, on using the mind to heal the brain, on the response of dopamine to physical exercises as well as imaginative rehabilitation.
Imagination is being able to see something before it is visible before it is real in your life.
Would your life improve if you were more confident and compassionate or less angry and disappointed? What would change in the here and now if you could imagine a future with a full and independent life?
What if spending a few minutes a day thinking about disgusting food could improve your basal ganglia function. The basal ganglia is the part of the brain where surgically the deep brain stimulator is placed to suppress unwanted movements like ticks and tremors. What if your emotions could flow along the pathways that also light up the basal ganglia, making it possible for you to stand up, walk and turn as you navigate your world with more ease?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO FEEL BETTER?
What do you have to let go of to harness the healing in your own hands and in your own mind? Are you consciously using touch to improve your independence, your movement or your comfort?
Read this book for the easy ways to balance your brain chemistry and feel more expressive, more focused, and more successful
Look in these pages for other ways to decrease the tremors in your hands, so you can enjoy a dinner out with friends.
Improve your walking or get back to exercising by improving the stiffness in your legs and the pain in your back.
Easy tips and exercises to use in daily life from the fields of:
Integrative Manual Therapy
Osteopathic Manual Medicine
Emotional Freedom Technique
Acupressure / Acupuncture Therapy
5 Elements Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Nature's Sensational Medicine
Presentation notes for the Peace and Brain Health Exercises Presentation at the Jewish Family Services Luncheon Presentation by Kimberly Burnham at Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane, Washington on March 14, 2019 [Download PDF].
Words of Peace
Manobo, Agusan Manobo (msm)—"Linow" (peaceful), "Hagtong" (quiet, peaceful), "Hagsay" (good, peaceful, well-made, of places and things), "Ajum'-ajum" (pacify), "Tam'pudà" (peace pact between two parties), "Manam'pudà" (person who acts as a go between for feuding parties), "Dugkut (peace agreement), "'Bilà" (peace agreement between feuding parties.), "Tam'pudà" (peace pacts)—Agusan River Valley, Philippines.
Romani (rmn) [rɒməni]., Romany, Fomani čhib (“Romany tongue”), řomanes (“in a Rom way”), Gypsy (Gipsy), Romanes—"Mir" (peace), "Miro" (peace), "Kotor" (piece, patch, part), "Spokojstvo" (peace), "Spokoj" (peace of mind), "Paz" (tranquility), "Rahatipe" (peace), "Patcha" (peace), "Shand" (peace)—Europe.
Mbula—"Kete-iluumu" (at peace, calm, quiet, literally liver cool), "Taun" (calm weather (with no wind), peace after a fight, quietness), "Talŋa- iluumu" (have relief from listening to an unpleasant sound, have peace from (literally ear become cool), takamam mbulu luumuŋana mi itiŋan waende bizin taparlup ti ma tewe tamen (peace, literally "together with our associates and friends, we will unite and become one)—Umboi Island and Sakar Island in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea.
Gaelic Scottish, Scots Gaelic or Gàidhlig (gla)—"Sìth" (peace) or "Saucht" (reconciled, at ease, in peace, tranquility) or "Sìochadh" [ʃiəxəɣ] ((act of) assuaging, composing, settling, calming, (act of) growing composed/calm, (act of) pacifying, peace) or "Sìochaint" [ʃiəxaNʲdʲ] (peace, peacefulness) or "Socair" (ease, rest, tranquility, comfort, mildness, prop, pillar, rest, assuagement, leisure, peace), "Réidh" [re:] (peace, flat, level, even, smooth, finished, be on good terms, free, reconciliation)—Scotland.
Jewish Malayalam—"Samadhanam" (peace), "Shalom" (peace)—Kerala, India, Middle East, Israel.
Hebrew (heb)—"Šālôm" or "Shalom" / שלום (peace) in Hebrew spoken in Israel and used liturgically around the world, "Shalom aleikhem" [ʃəˌlɒm əˈleɪxəm] or שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם / "shālôm ʻalêḵem" (peace be upon you]—Middle East, Israel, America, Liturgical.
Ten Years Ago
It was the usual apples and honey with friends on September 18, 2001, the night before I flew home to the United States. We were celebrating Rosh Hashanah - the New Year in Tel Aviv, Israel with a warm ending to a life transforming trip. What would we do with the New Year that we had lived to see in a world altered by tragedy? Would we build stronger walls knowing that someone could still scale them? Would we find creative and sustainable ways to keep ourselves safe?
At the Ben Gurion International Airport on my way home, the security officer asked, "Do you have family in the U.S?"
I answered yes, thinking about my parents in Utah, my girlfriend, my friends and colleagues in Connecticut, an hour outside of New York City.
"Weren't you afraid to leave them at a time like this?" The officer continued as I stood in the airport named for Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who said, "Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared." He also said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
"It wasn't a time like this, when I said yes to my Israeli trained mentor and boss at the multidisciplinary alternative medicine clinic in West Hartford, Connecticut where I worked. It wasn't a time like this when I bought my ticket and arranged to fly to our Israel clinic to lend my expertise in brain and nervous system disorders. It wasn't a time like this when I dreamed of scuba diving in the Red Sea in the waters, Jacque Cousteau called the most beautiful place on earth."
The Red Sea
Just 12 days earlier, I stood fully geared up in Scuba equipment in Dahab, Egypt on the shores of the Red Sea fulfilling a lifelong dream.
"No one wants me here but the shop keepers along the beach and they only want my American dollars. My friends and family questioned my sanity. How can you go to the Middle East at a time like this? They asked."
I thought a lot about safety, as I passed through three check points with Egyptian soldiers with guns,
I'm here! Nobody wants me here, but the local shopkeepers, who are interested in my American dollars. But I have dreamed about this day for years. I have dreamed about this red sandy beach, this place, the Blue Hole, which Jacque Cousteau, the most famous scuba diver and undersea explorer called "the most beautiful place in the world."
My family and friends think I am crazy. My life insurance company deems it "High Risk Behavior" and that is just the scuba diving, not this bustling beach. I call it living passionately and experiencing the richness and vibrancy in this world. I am on a quest to embody one more experience on my life-time to do list.
Sandy Particles, Sea Waves
The red sand is hot on my bare feet. On this sunny September day as far as I can see are the rolling hills of the Sinai Desert where the Bedouins and their camels and sheep move. Across the Red Sea way in the distance is Saudi Arabia and further along is Jordan. I am the only American on this much fought over beach and back that way through three barricades manned by machine-gun-toting Egyptian soldiers is my hotel and beyond that present day Israel.
Six thousand miles from my Connecticut home, I am soon below the surface swimming through a clump of safe, boring sea grass and instantly came face to face with a pride of lionfish, small sea terrorists. Their beautiful-but-poisonous spines flow in the current like colorful streamers. The wide vertical bands of black, red and green markings, separated by a sharp white stripe camouflage the nature of these predators. Twice the size of my outspread hand, the lionfish venture close enough to touch, but I pressed my hands tight against my body. They are brave when they are hungry and hunting. With tiny eye-like structures on the business end of the spines, they distract and confuse their quarry before trapping and killing them.
In this most stunning and abundant dive spot, I am surrounded by deadly creatures. I know the Titan triggerfish on my left will aggressively guard her home, her nest, her eggs with a fierceness that will draw blood. Sitting quietly in and amongst the coral is the lionfish's deadly cousin, a stonefish with unseen spines that can penetrate the black neoprene of my protective scuba gloves. If I frighten this one with my hand, I will be dead before I reach the safety of the shore. Here in the Red Sea, predators lurk and the least visible are the most deadly. A moray eel will react aggressively if I reach my hand into his home-if I frighten him where he lives. Below me nestled in the sand is a blue spotted stingray and cone shells with small snail-like creatures carrying deadly harpoons that paralyze their fleeing prey. Green sea turtles gliding along the coral and a huge alligator fish poking her snout up from below the sandy floor waiting to ambush her prey.
The stillness is broken only by the sound of air leaving my mouth and bubbling up to the surface. Even before I encounter the lionfish and their deadly cousins, I wasn't under any illusions of safety and yet, following my passion, I pass unharmed. I feel held and safe in the water. I faced my demons in the months before reaching the Middle East, and as of this moment, I have no idea of the fear that will grip the world and close borders.
Particles, Waves and Dreams
Fred Alan Wolfe describes quantum physics as particles of experience and waves of possibility. Experiencing the lionfish and literally drifting with the waves of possibility, how could I have known that a week later the border between Egypt and Israel would be closed. A week later I was in Tel Aviv, watching the Twin Towers burn.
I am here in the Middle East because I believe people who set off on a healing journey, people who recover the quality of their lives after an injury or disease or medical diagnosis, make better choices for themselves, their families and communities. This I know from personal experience and because of the complementary medicine skills I have become passionate about on my own healing journey. I use those skills to help people heal their nervous system, improve their vision, and move more easily so they can more comfortably, appreciate their communities, and accomplish their goals.
After my dive trip, on September 4th, I feel grateful to be in Israel with friends, sharing healing modalities in a wonderful physical therapy clinic in downtown Tel Aviv. I mobilized the ankle of an Israeli soldier who was injured and experiencing the particles--the reality--of severe foot pain. She wants to experience a full, comfortable range of motion so she can walk easily and follow her dreams. Her gun and camouflage jacket sits beside the massage table as she shares with me an Israeli saying, "People with houses, shouldn't throw stones."
And I think, we are all the descendents of people who paid attention to every sound in the woods or the savannah or the desert. We are alive because our ancestors were careful. Defensive posturing runs in our blood but we live in a different time and must find a way to stop the terror and the blood running in the streets.
I connected with the physical rhythms, the heart beat, the craniosacral flow of a much-loved rabbi who is experiencing the particles of cancer. Tiny cellular terrorists run through his blood chased by the chemical and nuclear warfare of the medical establishment, fighting terror with terror. Many innocent bystanders, healthy cells will also die in this attack. The rabbi wants the war on terror in his body halted. He seeks my hand, my heart, my abilities in a desire to move into the possibility of continuing to live, learn, and share his message of hope with his community. I can't know it now but in ten years he will still be alive and well and teaching. He shares with me a quote from former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."
I touch reflex points on a child experiencing the physical reality of cerebral palsy. Her mother dreams of a life of opportunities, movement, and communication. The desire to be there to transform these dreams into reality kept me feeling safe and happy. I gladly open my bag as I head into restaurants and wait as the trunk of the car ahead of me is inspect. It is a wonderful week of treating clients and teaching physical therapists in a Tel Aviv hospital.
On September 11, the clinic door opens. I am told of a bombing in New York. After work, I walk back to my hotel. I stopped at a falafel stand and take in the sights and smells of delicious Mediterranean food. I feel the heaviness of the day and am saddened by the violence. I don't yet realize the extent of the terror and the devastation. Later alone in my hotel room, it is there on television. I see the events of that day unfold.
Safety Begins With Passionate Dreams
The weeks leading up to my trip to Israel have been filled with friends and family questioning my sanity. Wasn't I worried about visiting Israel? Did I really think it was safe enough? What did I think about suicide bombers? Everyone has questions about how to stay safe and suggestions that maybe it would be better to wait until things improve. I listen to my friends, to my family, to my Jewish girlfriend. I feel their fears and concerns, but in those weeks before the lionfish, before the rabbi's cancer, before September 11th, I come to understand safety. I am bombarded by well-meaning-but ultimately fearful-thoughts. They don't ring true for me, rather they push me to understand how to always keep myself safe.
My recipe is follow your dreams, do what you feel passionate about, learn and live your life fully with rich experiences. This is how I keep myself safe and find myself in the right place at the right time.
Building a wall and lock the tower won't keep people from affecting you. Walls do not keep you safe, they keep you isolated. They keep you compressed. They keep your ideas and dreams from rippling out and contributing to the world. They keep out the most amazing things. If you stop doing what you love because of fear, then the terrorists and the bullies in have won.
September 12th was a day of mourning in Israel, and everyone went to work. I joined the Israelis, who have a marvelous capacity to be sad, even horrified, and still be productive and contribute their unique creativity. What I learned that day in Tel Aviv is that we let go of our fears by following our passions, by loving and creatively expressing ourselves.
A few weeks earlier, when my friends were warning me about traveling to Israel, teaching an Integrative Manual Therapy class in New York seemed like the prudent thing to do. But on that fateful day, Tel Aviv was considerably safer and I was there doing what I feel driven to do: share my skills with others and, in my way, bring peace to the world by affecting people's lives, one person at a time. Safety begins with listening to your intuition, passionately following your dreams and making choices based on what you want, not what you fear.
Citation: Burnham, Kimberly. (2006). The Effect of Integrative Manual Therapy on the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Department of Integrative Medicine. Weirton, WV., Westbrook University. PhD: 400 pages.
THESIS: Sixty hours of treatment with Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) will considerably decrease signs and symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), including a decrease in tremors, an alleviation of pain, a speeding up of gait and improvements in respiration, facial expression, speech and mood.
OBJECTIVE: To show that IMT will improve the symptoms and function in people with PD. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the effects of manual therapy on neurological conditions. This dissertation specifically examines the effect of IMT in PD.
METHODS: Single-Subject Research Design Case Study. The neurologist's evaluations were a month apart while the physical therapy assessments took place on the day before and the day after the two week treatment protocol. The participant also completed 6 questionnaires.
TREATMENT: In this case study 60 hours of IMT took place over a two week period (five hours each day on 12 days). Nutritional and self-care recommendations were made after the post testing.
RESULTS: The 62 year old man diagnosed four years ago with PD made improvements in virtually all assessed categories. Notable gains include a 48.6% improvement in total UPDRS scores. Schwab and England scores changed from 70% to 80% of normal function. The Up & Go Test and 10 Meter Walk showed improvements in walking speed and stride length. Lung capacity readings (a spirometer measurement) improved from 2800 cc to 3300 cc. The PDQ-39 questionnaire showed a 67% improvement in symptoms. The Medical Symptoms Questionnaire (MSQ) score improved 51.3%. The McGill Pain Questionnaire showed a 73.3% decrease in pain, primarily back and hip pain.
DISCUSSION: The results show important changes in function, pain, and general well-being. This is significant given the expected 3.1% annual increase in the UPDRS motor scores and a 3.2% decline in Hoehn and Yahr staging levels. This case study did not have a blinded control but results were compared to predictors of outcome in the medical literature. Even without a control, these findings are substantial enough to suggest further research into how IMT can be incorporated into treatment plans.
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first evidence-based study on the effects of Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) in Parkinson's disease. The improvements should serve as a stimulus to therapists to use IMT as a way to improve the client's quality of life. IMT is not a common component of rehabilitation programs, but is one that deserves more attention.
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Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She has been named 2nd Look Books Poet-in-Residence starting June 18, 2019. Kim authored Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
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