Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive movement disorder that affects nearly 1 million Americans. Although medication and surgery can help, there is no cure.
If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson's disease, you can understand the pain of the agitation and anxiety that accompanies it.
Many PD sufferers have to take medication several times a day, and when it wears off, they can become irritated, agitated, and anxious. Our customers have been increasingly reporting that using TouchPoints™ as the medication wears off can help with that anxiety and agitation, as well as lessen the severity of tremors while TouchPoints™ are on.
Earlier this year, a game-changing product called the Emma Watch, developed by Microsoft, made waves in the media for its effects in minimizing tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. News of this product provided a source of hope to Parkinson's patients around the globe, but unfortunately, the Emma Watch never came to fruition for the consumer market. For all of those who wish the Emma Watch was an accessible solution, we'd like to share how TouchPoints™ might be the next best alternative for Parkinson's patients.
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.
And let's not forget the caregivers of individuals with PD. TouchPoints™ can help them cope with caregiver stress and burnout that they experience as well.
Phyllis is a 74 year-old suffering from Parkinson's. Besides the tremors and difficulty with movement, her biggest struggles are the agitation, anxiety, and anger she feels when the medication that she takes 3x/day starts to wear off before she can take her next dose.
After purchasing TouchPoints™, she started wearing them first thing in the morning for 30 minutes, and 30 minutes before each dose of medication.
Her husband noticed on the first day that her mood was much improved. "I used to brace myself for her mood swings several times a day. Now she is more peaceful and we can enjoy each other's company more," reported Don.
Phyllis also wakes during the night at times and uses the TouchPoints™ to help her ease back into sleep. "She used to just be up all night if she woke up at 3 a.m.,"said Don, "And now she can go back to sleep most nights. This really makes a difference overall on the next day."
Phyllis' tremors are not completely gone with the use of TouchPoints™ but they do seem to improve when the TouchPoints™ are on. "I'm just happy we have something that we know can help. It really does help a lot. Now if I'm stressed I use them when Phyllis isn't and I'm going to get my own set. Thank you so much for this product!"
We want to thank Don and Phyllis for sharing their story and for giving hope to other Parkinson's sufferers.
"We know that invasive bi-lateral stimulation is a successful treatment for tremors in Parkinson's. We aren't sure why non-invasive bi-lateral stimulation in different parts of the body is working to reduce tremors but we are thrilled about the reports that TouchPoints™ can improve the suffering for those with Parkinson's.
We want to be clear that we don't expect complete remission of tremor activity and motor difficulties with the use of TouchPoints™. TouchPoints™ are not a medical device and are not intended to treat specific medical 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.
We are so happy that people are experiencing a relief from suffering when using TouchPoints because our mission is to improve lives through neuroscience. Thank you so much for your feedback and ongoing support!
Please continue to send us feedback so we can direct our research efforts and continue to create the most effective products to help people be their best selves."