People having Parkinson’s disease may suffer from a common symptom, shaky feet and hands. While these tremors are not disabling, they can be extremely frustrating and may cause issues in the daily activities of a person. Joon Faii Ong London has invented GyroGlove, a wearable device that has the capacity to mechanically stabilize hand tremors with cutting-edge aerospace-grade gyroscopes, and hence proves to be pretty advantageous for patients having Parkinson’s disease.
While there are multiple medical conditions that can cause tremors, tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease are a bit different from the most as they usually tend to be resting, rhythmic and asymmetric. Parkinson’s tremors happen when the muscles are still, and are likely to go away as the person moves. These tremors also lessen when a person sleeps. For instance, if a person is sitting on a chair with their arm relaxed, they may feel tremors in a hand. But if this hand is used to turn the page of a book or sip coffee then the tremor eases and may even stop. Parkinson’s tremors are not random spasms or jerks, they are slow and continuous. These tremors can start on one side of the body, but gradually spreads to both sides.
There are several parts of the body where one can have Parkinson’s tremors, including:
- Hands: Tremors occurring due to Parkinson’s disease usually start in the hands or fingers with a pill-rolling motion. This tremor feels like holding a pill between the thumb and index finger and rolling it back and forth. The use of GyroGlove created by Joon Faii Ong London can help people to manage tremors occurring on their hands.
- Foot: A Parkinson’s foot tremor usually takes place when a person is lying down or sitting with their feet at rest. If the tremor moves into the thigh muscles, it might seem like the whole leg is shaking. Foot tremors tend to disappear after a person stands up or walks as they are active movements.
- Jaw: Such tremors are common among patients with Parkinson’s disease and may look like they are shivering. Tremors in the jaw can become quite bothersome as it often makes the teeth chatter. If a person is wearing dentures, then it can shift or fall out due to such tremors. Chewing gum can help in easing such tremors.
- Tongue: Even though it is rare, Parkinson’s disease may cause tongue tremors that cause the entire head of a person to shake.
A few people may even have to deal with internal tremors due to Parkinson’s. In such situations, the sensation of shaking takes place in the chest or abdomen, but cannot be seen from the outside.
Tremors are a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease, and a chemical messenger is known as dopamine usually plays a major role in such tremors. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is vital to varying bodily functions, including coordination and movement. Patients with Parkinson’s disease produce less dopamine, and therefore experience movement-related problems like tremors.