Movement Disorder & Stroke Rehab

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Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Movement disorders arise from problems in the areas of your brain or nerves that control muscle action. Whether your movement disorder is caused by a neurological condition or occurs after a stroke, Wellspring LifeCare provides herbal, pharmacological, and acupuncture services to support your rehabilitation process. Dr. Sheri Ho and Dr. Crystal Chen can work with you to develop a personalized, holistic care plan to maximize your physical strength and ease of movement. Call us or use the online booking feature to schedule your appointment today!

Movement Disorder & Stroke Rehab Q & A

What are movement disorders?

Movement disorders are a group of neurological conditions that impair voluntary actions and cause uncontrollable and unwanted muscle movements. The specific cause of the problem is different for each disorder, but they’re all associated with changes in nerves or neurochemicals in your brain that control muscles.

What common types of movement disorders exist, and how can they be treated?

These are a few examples of common movement disorders. Some of the primary disorders are also symptoms in other conditions:

  • Restless legs syndrome: uncontrollable urge to move your legs while at rest
  • Tourette syndrome: involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations (also known as tics)
  • Dystonia: involuntary muscle spasms, uncontrollable twisting, and repetitive movements
  • Essential tremor: uncontrollable shaking or trembling that worsens when you move
  • Dyskinesia: tremors, dystonia, jerky movements, and tics
  • Bell’s palsy: acute onset of weakness or paralysis of one side of the face
  • Parkinson’s disease: rigidity, tremor, impaired balance and slow muscle movement

Huntington’s disease and ataxia are rare movement disorders. Huntington’s causes abnormal movements and dementia as nerve cells in the brain deteriorate. Ataxia affects muscles in your arms and legs, causing imbalance and loss of coordination.

At Wellspring LifeCare, we have helped many patients with movement disorders reduce their symptoms and improve their motor function. We offer a tailored approach according to your goals and preferences which may include a combination of acupuncture and custom-formulated herbal medicine, as well as prescription medication if indicated. In many cases, patients have found that with long-term treatment, they feel so much better that they may no longer need to rely on prescription medications on a daily basis, and even find that other aspects of their health and mental wellbeing improve.

What should I know about post-stroke movement disorders?

Following a stroke, you may develop dystonia, tremor, myoclonus (twitching), and secondary Parkinsonism. However, weakness and paralysis are the most common movement problem that appears following a stroke.

The team at Wellspring LifeCare offers several services which work well as part of a post-stroke rehabilitation plan to help you overcome these challenges. Post-stroke rehabilitation is an ongoing and gradual process that uses a step-by-step approach to help you relearn skills that are lost during the stroke. To restore optimal function, you may need stroke rehabilitation to coordinate muscle movements, restore muscle strength, improve mobility, and gain the skills you need for daily activities.

We can coordinate with your physical, occupational, and speech therapists to design the best overall rehabilitation plan for you. Acupuncture stimulates faster recovery and may even increase the total degree of function you can regain. Herbal medicine may also help improve your physical strength as well as mental stamina to maximize the benefit you get out of your other therapy training sessions.  We can also prescribe medication if you need extra help managing uncomfortable symptoms.

If you develop tremors, spasms, or other unusual muscle problems, call Wellspring LifeCare or schedule a complete exam online.

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