Alzheimer’s Disease

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information.

At Montreal Neurotherapy Center, we deliver intensive exercise-based therapy that focuses on the principles of Neuro Recovery using Neuro Plasticity.

Our Approach

We believe that anyone who is starting to experience cognitive decline, should not wait because the earlier you intervene the better. The best time is when the condition is pre-symptomatic; SCI (subjective cognitive impairment, MCI (mild cognitive impairment), or during early Alzheimer’s. However even people in late stages could benefit from an improvement with the proper program.

When you come to our treatment center for help managing your Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll first undergo a thorough medical and psychological evaluation. A medical workup for MCI includes the following core elements:

  • Thorough medical history (including input from a family member or a friend) where the physician documents current symptoms, previous illnesses and medical conditions, any family history of significant memory problems or dementia and changes in functioning.
  • Assessment of independent function and daily activities which focuses on any changes in a person’s typical level of functioning.
  • Cognitive assessment using brief tests designed to evaluate memory, planning, judgment, ability to understand visual information and other key thinking skills.
  • Neurological assessment to check the function of nerves and reflexes, movement, coordination, balance and senses.
  • Evaluation of mood to detect depression; symptoms may include problems with memory or feeling “foggy.” Depression is widespread and may be especially common in older adults.
  • Blood tests and imaging of the brain’s structure and function.
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How Neurofeedback can help:

Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy, is a research proven way to help you improve your brain function through intensive brain training exercises. You learn to alter your brain activity through feedback and practice.

With Neurofeedback training the function of the healthy parts of the brain can be maximised, physiological self-regulation can be maintained and the onset of some symptoms can be delayed.

We apply electrodes to the scalp to listen in on brainwave activity. We process the signal by computer, and we extract information about certain key brainwave frequencies. We show the ebb and flow of this activity back to the person, who attempts to change the activity level. Some frequencies we wish to promote. Others we wish to diminish. We present this information to the person in the form of a video game. The person is effectively playing the video game with his or her brain. Eventually the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance. The frequencies we target, and the specific locations on the scalp where we listen in on the brain, are specific to the conditions we are trying to address, and specific to the individual.

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The role of proper nutrition

Recent studies suggest that alterations in the gut microbiome may contribute to produce a state of chronic inflammation witch has been proven to be an unquestionably pro-Alzheimer’s.

Diet is a powerful factor that affects our thinking abilities. The damage from making the wrong dietary choices is a major health concern. Our functional dieticians will check your biochemistry, see where you stand, and guide you for what you need.

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Physical exercise and the brain

The benefits of physical exercise on the brain and general wellness are well recognised, but not particularly well known to the general public. Understanding the importance of integrating active behavior for overall health is crucial at any age and particularly for the elderly who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a disease mainly affecting individuals aged > 65 years. AD is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by extracellular senile plaques of amyloid-β, intracellular neurofibrillary tangles of the protein tau, brain atrophy and dementia. We deliver intensive exercise-based therapy that focuses on the principles of Neuro Recovery using Neuro Plasticity. The goal of physiotherapy treatments is to restore, maintain and maximize strength. Our Physiotherapists prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises.

Neurological Physiotherapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders using methods that follow the principles and foundations of both NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) and Bobath approaches. Both approaches use specific hands-on techniques used by physical therapists to enhance the participation and function of adults or children with neurological disorders.

If you’re 55, 60, whatever, check out where you stand. You can do this with genetic testing, blood testing, functional testing; and if you’re already symptomatic, then including imaging in that. But if you’re not, you don’t necessarily need to include the imaging, but you should know where you stand; and definitely, if you have one copy of APoe4, you have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease over someone who has zero copies; and if you have two copies, of course that’s increased further and it’s very likely that you will develop it during your lifetime.

“What if I told you that the cure for brain disorders and a better brain is OUTSIDE the brain? Mood, memory, attention and behavior problems, as well as most “brain diseases,” are caused by treatable imbalances that show up elsewhere in the body. What if they are not localized in the brain? If this is true it would mean our whole approach to dealing with brain disorders is completely backwards.” – Mark Hyman, MD

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