October 30, 2017 13 Comments

 

"Holding them [TouchPoints] during "off" periods where I need to lie down does help to relax my muscles more."                               -Gary Sharpe

 

Guest Blog by Gary Sharpe of Out-Thinking Parkinson's

What is it like having Parkinson's?

In my pursuit of pragmatic solutions to Parkinson's Disease (I have the Early Onset form myself, diagnosed 8 years ago now), I found myself increasingly researching the nature of stress in humans, and was inevitably drawn towards studying the Nervous System. I learned about the stress responses, fight-flight or freeze, the states of relaxation, and the different neurotransmitters which govern these. I discovered we have many different Nervous Systems in one, including the Central (brain), Sympathetic (fight-or-flight), Para-sympathetic (relaxed), Enteric (gut instinct), and Somatic (free movement), and probably several others too, and that we may consider each one of these as a semi-autonomous "program", which becomes more or less active in response to bio-rhythms and our internal/external environments. As each program is excited or inhibited, this can profoundly affect how we think, feel, move, act and re-act.

I later discovered that the different Nervous Systems can also have their own "sub-programs", separate bunches of nerve fibers arising from different parts of the brain, which take different pathways through the body, with different roles. The Para-Sympathetic Nervous System, for instance, includes the Vagal Nerves and other Cranial Nerves, and these sub-systems may themselves branch in multiple ways too, conveying different information and affecting different parts of the brain and body through their own instruction sets. I learned about how evolutionary biology holds the answers to why each these sub-programs arose and what their roles are in our survival.

I studied how the different functions of our organs, bodies, brains and senses are governed by each of the Nervous System "programs", and indeed that our senses extended far beyond the traditional five senses we are taught at school - in fact, there are whole swathes of senses which come under headings like "propriception", "interoception" and "neuroception". I researched the profound effects that stress has on our bodies and senses, and discovered why, when we are stressed too often, or for too long, this inevitably leads to disease. I learned, however, that stress could be interrupted.

This panoramic perspective recently solidified in my mind, and I now believe that my illness was caused by the atrophy/permanent inhibition of one part of my Nervous System, while another part, the one which causes the Freeze or "Playing Dead" stress response in mammals, became permanently switched on. While there are many factors which may have contributed too this imbalance, I know that, in my case, ingrained chronic stress has had a very major role. I recently wrote up this new understanding of myself as an article " A Complete Explanation for Parkinson's Disease. "   I do believe this is the right answer, or close to it, because this explains and predicts, for the first time, all the real life experiences of people with PD, which have never been satisfactorily explained before. But this "big picture" also tells us what we can do to minimize the symptoms. First and foremost, we need to persistently stimulate and practice exercising all that we've lost.

So I began to search for assistive technologies which could help interrupt my own self-stressing behaviours amd  help me to remain relaxed and, in doing so, to assist me to rebuild the neurons and neural pathways of my atrophied Para-sympathetic Nervous System, in particular by stimulating my Vagus Nerve and associated Cranial Nerves.

TouchPoints - Wearable Anti-Stress Devices

When I first saw The TouchPoint Solution's viral video on social media, showing how the wearable anti stress devices switched the tremor off in a case of Parkinson's, I immediately wrote to the manufacturers, explaining that their wearable technology should have beneficial applications for Parkinson's and why these could help all people with Parkinson's, whether or not they have tremor as part of their symptoms (I, personally do not suffer from tremor - I have the rigidity dominant form of PD). Indeed, I have high hopes that these Stress Interruption devices will help me prove that in many other neurological problems, such as Alzheimer's and Autism, ingrained chronic stress is one of the fundamental caustive  problems. I am glad to say that the good folks at TouchPoint kindly agreed to send me a set for research and evaluation as part of the Out-Thinking Parkinson's project.

My initial trials with just holding the stress relieving devices in my hand did appear to give some benefit. While they did not switch my movement back on, there was a lessening of the symptoms as measured by range of motion testing. I also found that holding them during "off" periods where I need to lie down does help to relax my muscles more.

After a couple of days with the wearable stress relieving devices, I had the idea of holding and moving them directly over the EFT tapping and Cranial Nerve stimulation points on the face, head, neck, shoulder and body. I found this type of therapy quite beneficial, enhancing their affect  in calming and relaxing my system. I also tried holding them to areas of my body where pain (dystonia) is the greatest and found an analgesic effect.

However, it is the longer term benefits of using the technology in this way as a daily practice which I believe may have a cumulative Vagus and Cranial Nerve toning effect. leading to more sustained benefits. I will be reporting back on medium and longer term outcomes of pursuing these ideas in due course.


13 Responses

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

January 04, 2018

Hey Karen! We would love to help you and give you better suggestions on your TouchPoints with your tremors! You can wear them all day if you wanted to help with your tremors. It is definitely based on personal preference. TouchPoints™ are not a cure or treatment for PD. However, just like any mental health or medical condition, TouchPoints™ can help reduce some symptoms and calm anxiety or stress that often goes along with these conditions. Our customers with Parkinson’s report fewer mood swings as a result of medication rebound effects, better sleep onset, improved mood, less anxiety, and a reduction in tremors while the TouchPoints™ are on. Keep in mind giving us a call at (877)-77-TOUCH or emailing us at hello@thetouchpointsolution.com we can help you with suggesting other ways and times to wear them! You can also take our Personality Profile on the app and it will give you suggestions! :) Let us know how we can help!

Karen
Karen

December 04, 2017

I’m not seeing much effect on my Parkinson’s tremors and the buzzing interferes with sleep. Would like suggestions on how long and what color. I’ve been using pink in the day and blue for sleep.

Karen Vaughan
Karen Vaughan

November 26, 2017

How long do you leave them on? Blue for bed, but what color for tremors? Pain? There really should be better instructions. I have the basic set since synching them with a tremor is difficult.

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

November 17, 2017

Hey Pattie! While many of our customers have reported that using TouchPoints on the calm, anger, or performance settings may reduce the incidence of tremors associated with Parkinsons, we don’t currently have specific experience with TouchPoints and essential tremors. TouchPoints were created to reduce the overall stress response, and as such, can offer relief from symptoms that are induced by or exacerbated by stress. They have also been very useful in for many of our customers who have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, and have to deal with all of the stress that accompany that experience. Since TouchPoints are a general wellness device, we are still learning of so many potential applications to improve people’s lives. Please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer!

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

November 17, 2017

Hey Katie! :) We are so glad to hear that you are using TouchPoints and they are making a difference in your life! Please let us know if there is anything else that you need we are more than happy to help!

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

November 17, 2017

Hey Donna! We are sorry that TouchPoints aren’t working out for you. Why don’t you go ahead and email us at hello@thetouchpointsolution.com and we can help you!

Pattie Gerrie
Pattie Gerrie

November 16, 2017

I️ have very bad tremors would love help. Feel horrible all the time

Katie
Katie

November 15, 2017

I receive regular treatment at Neuroptimal for Parkinsons and they gave me a set of touchpoints a couple weeks ago and I use them all the time. They help with my symptoms.

Donna
Donna

November 13, 2017

The touchpoints unfortunately did not help with my husband’s hand tremors. He doesn’t have the rigidity so I can’t comment on that.

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

November 09, 2017

Hey Shirley! Some of our unpublished findings show a reduction in motor activity but we have not tested the product on Parkinson’s for a reduction in tremors. We do know TouchPoints™ can reduce stress and for anyone who has been diagnosed with a medical condition. TouchPoints™ may help with the stressful aspects of certain conditions. Some people use them during medical appointments and when they get stressful medical news, and at night to help them sleep. Our testimonials are a great source to see more information from their success with TouchPoints helping with their tremors. If you click EXPLORE TOUCHPOINTS and then all the way to the right is TESTIMONIALS. Email us at hello@thetouchpointsolution.com if you have any other questions.

THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION
THE TOUCHPOINT™ SOLUTION

November 09, 2017

Hey Mandy! TouchPoints are completely non-evasive they do not shock you they vibrate. TouchPoints™ give the user a gentle stimulation or vibration. This bi-lateral stimulation affects the brain and alters the body’s fight or flight mechanism. Once TouchPoints™ are paired, you can choose from one of the pre-settings for Calm, Focus, Improve Performance, manage Anger, reduce Cravings, Sleep, or create a custom setting. Once you hit start, the TouchPoints™ will begin “buzzing” or vibrating bilaterally. It’s this bi-lateral stimulation (called BLAST) that alters the body’s fight, flight, or freeze (F3) response that reduces your stress and anxiety level. If you have any other questions email us at hello@thetouchpointsolution.com

Mandy Fisher
Mandy Fisher

November 06, 2017

It would be nice if you told us what this does. Like does it shock you or do you tap it or what exactly does the dang thing do? I need it for a 5yo but if it shocks her then obviously I don’t need it.

Shirley Hambright
Shirley Hambright

November 04, 2017

My husband has essential tremors, and his right hand and left leg shake most of the time. The hand is the worst. Would this touchpoint help him?

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