Maybe you're visiting this page because you've been diagnosed with, or suffer with a movement disorder such as Parkinson's disease, orthostatic tremor or essential tremors, and you're curious about alternative ways to work with it.
You may have been prescribed medication, yet feel frustrated by a lack of improvement and believe that instead of simply managing it, there has to be an alternative way to work with it or to find some relief and a sense of control.
To find out more, call me on 01772 499046 or "email me by clicking here".
What is a movement disorder?
A movement disorder is any neurological disorder characterised by changes in muscle movement; Parkinson's and essential tremor both fit into this description.
Once known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk.
What is essential tremor?
Essential tremor often referred to as ET, or benign tremor or familial tremor or shaky hand syndrome is the most common movement disorder and other than ET is a disorder of the nervous system its cause is unknown as It can be hereditary or caused by a stroke - or it can simply begin for no apparent reason.
Essential tremor is different from the tremors that we all experience on a daily basis. Normal everyday tremors are the ones we notice when hold our arms and hands out. They present little problems and we aren't often aware of them unless have a reason to notice them such as if we have to give a talk, or feel emotions such as anxiety, stress, worry, anger and frustration to name a few.
How does it affect a person?
For many sufferers the tremors can be mild, yet annoying at the same time. For others with severe tremor they can have difficulty carrying out routine daily tasks and often won't go out and withdraw from everyday events such as shopping, eating and socialising.
Some sufferers have been told to avoid stressful situations, yet of course it can be a vicious circle. A sufferer who is struggling to get cards or cash out of a wallet or purse may feel embarrassed and stressed, the looks of frustrated shoppers behind can then add to this process which increases stress levels and exacerbates it.
In severe cases the person has had to leave the environment in an emotional state, which has led onto depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
With essential tremor a person has a visible rhythmic trembling of parts of the body such as the head, or hands, fingers, legs and sometimes their vocal chords, some even feel an internal shake or quiver. The tremor may involve different body parts, although for many sufferers the hands are affected most and it usually affects the dominant hand first affected.
ET doesn't discriminate and can affect people of any age, gender and race, and while it's more commonly associated and seen in older individuals, it isnt solely confined to them as teenagers and youngsters can also suffer from it.
So what are the causes?
Little is known about what causes this tremor, but from research papers it appears that essential tremor is certainly a disorder of the central nervous system.
Having said that, when working with clients there does appear to be a clear link with the tremors and an emotional element in a persons past or present.
So what's the difference between Parkinson's and essential tremors?
Many people I've worked with who have ET feel frustrated as ET is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease.
There are however some similarities, Parkinson's and ET are two types of movement disorders, where people have difficulty with movement. Both are progressive diseases, which means that they can get worse over time.
Parkinsonian syndromes (PS) and ET share some symptoms, which is why it can sometimes be difficult for certain patients to get an accurate diagnosis. Physicians typically diagnose the diseases by asking patients about their symptoms, watching them move, and by observing the type of tremor they have. However, these signs and symptoms can be extremely variable.
How can your therapy help?
From working with clients on certain issues yet who are also sufferers of ET or Parkinson's one thing became quite clear. As we work with old memories to release pent up, trapped and locked emotions the shaking becomes less noticeable or stops.
If you imagine that the body is like a pressure cooker, the more pressure inside the body, the bigger the force is required to stop it exploding. So by working with feelings and parts of the body we can give these feelings a safe and none destructive way out so that the body no longer has to hold this pressure in.
I compare it to sitting in a swimming pool and being given a football to hold under water. We may be able to hold it down for 10 or 15 minutes. If we work out, we may be able to sit there holding it down for and hour or so.
But imagine having to hold it down for 2 days, or 2 months, or 2 years or longer. The body would eventually shake under the pressure of holding this down. But once we let go, once we release the football it pops to the surface and we can relax, our body returns to balance and we are free to carry on with our everyday life.
It's the same with emotions; once the pressure is released the body can settle and return to balance. The shaking may come back between sessions, BUT, this is just a sign that more stuff needs to be worked with.
Consider this controversial view - What if stress and lifestyle were more a cause than conventional medicine believes?
What if movement disorders such as essential tremors, benign essential tremors, orthostatic tremor and even parkinsons is something that you can heal yourself by dealing and addressing any trapped or unresolved emotions and issues?
My belief and experience, and I must stress that this is MY belief and experience, based on the people I've worked with, is that emotional energy can become blocked and stored in the muscles smooth muscles around the organs, joints and tissue.
By working together we can find out the cause of this blocked emotional energy, and then neutralise and release it. When we release this emotional energy, your body gets relief from the pain of holding in the tension.
What's the cost per session?
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
I'm ready to take a different approach in dealing with essential tremor. What's the next step?
If you have had enough of simply managing it and feel you could and would like to explore other options in dealing with your essential tremor, movement disorder. Call me on 01772 499046 or email me by clicking here.
Summary of servicesChris Gelder Hypnotherapy
Finton Doyle Accountants, 107 - 109 Towngate
Therapy, Hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), mindfulness therapy in Leyland Lancashire for essential tremors, benign essential tremor, shaking syndrome, shaky hand syndrome, familial tremor and movement disorders