What is Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is usually characterized by loss or impairment of motor function due to brain damage. Cerebral palsy affects the muscles and the individual’s ability to control them. In people with the disorder, their muscles contract too much, too little, or all at the same time. Their limbs become stiff and forced into painful, awkward positions. Fluctuating muscle contractions make their limbs tremble, shake, or writhe, all of which affect their balance, posture, and coordination.
The type of movement dysfunction, the location and number of limbs involved, and the degree of impairment, varies in different persons with the disorder. Individuals with the disorder can find it difficult to perform tasks like walking, sitting, tying shoes and grasping objects. This is also generally accompanied by intellectual impairment, seizures, and vision or hearing impairments. Individuals with the disorder generally have the condition from birth, though some people can acquire it at birth or soon thereafter, depending upon the cause.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy
Once thought to be caused by complications during the birthing process, cerebral palsy is now widely believed to be due to abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labor and delivery. Brain injury is responsible for about 70% of children who have cerebral palsy, while an additional 20% are diagnosed with congenital cerebral palsy due to brain injury during the birthing process. A majority of the cases of brain damage in individuals with cerebral palsy occur before they are born, particularly during the first six months of pregnancy, when the embryo/fetus is particularly vulnerable to abnormal brain development.
Brain damage that causes cerebral palsy can be due to prenatal disturbance of brain cell migration, prenatal poor myelination (insulation) of developing nerve cell fibers, prenatal brain cell death and postnatal non-functional or inappropriate connections (synapses) between the brain cells.
Cerebra’s Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
The brain is made up of a vast network of around 90 billion neurons that are interconnected by 1,000 trillion synaptic junctions. This massive network is intensely stimulated by each and every mental task that we perform. Regular stimulation of diverse synaptic pathways by engaging in a wide range of mentally challenging activities directly influences the brain’s ability to learn by enhancing synaptic plasticity, and initiating the process of neurogenesis in its critical areas. Studies have clearly shown that neural plasticity allows the brain’s structure and function to change significantly as a result of new experiences.
Cerebra’s deep desire to find safe, non-invasive, technology-based solutions to crippling neurological disorders, for whom, traditional medical science is unable to offer concrete solutions, has led to Cerebra TurboBrain (CTB), which is a potent weapon against deadly neurological diseases, such as cerebral palsy. CTB harnesses the brain’s plasticity to enhance skills and recover lost functions and it is an effective, non-intrusive and drugless way of increasing cerebral blood flow to enhance cognitive abilities. By increasing cerebral blood flow, CTB increases the rate of capillary formation – Angiogenesis – and improves extensive synaptic connections among neurons through the process of Synaptogenesis – thereby drastically improving thinking, memory, focus and attention. CTB accelerates the production of stem-cells (master cells with the ability to grow into any one of the body’s more than 200 cell types) in the brain, which allows for the renewal and repair of any body tissue, including the brain.
Cerebra’s suite of brain enhancement and regeneration technologies also includes Cerebra PhotoBioStim (CPBS) technology, which heals and regenerates the brain by using coherent light all over the scalp to directly stimulate the affected areas. The basic biochemical pathways activated by CPBS, e.g., increased ATP production, and signaling pathways activated by reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide release, and increased cyclic adenosine monophosphate (AMP), all work together to produce beneficial effects in brains whose function has been compromised by injury or damage. By producing a significant amount of structural and cellular change in the brain, the use of CPBS on affected areas of the brain can restore their function to a substantial degree when initiated at the earliest possible stage.
Both CTB and CPBS offer great potential in the resolution of neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy, and are already delivering promising results for affected people across Asia, including Mumbai and New Delhi.
Please visit the Scientific Research section in the website to read about the vast amount of studies that is being done on CPBS and CTB technologies.
Why Early Intervention Is Important In Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy cannot be cured, though the individual’s capabilities can be successfully improved through treatment. Intervening aggressively at an early stage is crucial in all neurological diseases, as the brain’s abilities decline sharply with each passing day. So, the earlier the treatment is started, the better are the chances of individuals with the disorder overcoming their developmental disabilities, or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them.
Please visit the Success Stories section in the website to read heart-warming testimonials from parents and teachers/therapists of the remarkable benefits being experienced by children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and undergoing CTB and CPBS training.