CARPton PASCals research is a win for people with disabilities.
The research, led by Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry Dr. Lisa D. Miller, has found that people with disability can benefit from a new type of psychotherapy called carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that affects the spinal cord and can lead to severe muscle weakness.
It is a rare condition, according to the American Society for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, but it has been seen in up to 20 per cent of people with cerebral palsy and can be fatal.
The new research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has shown that the treatment can improve the quality of life for people who suffer from spinal cord injury and their families, Miller told NBC News.
“It can help to help people to regain their mobility and their sense of balance,” Miller said.
The results show that patients who receive carpal torsion therapy reported less severe symptoms, better balance and fewer symptoms of pain than people who did not receive therapy.
“The treatment can make the difference between getting back to your normal life and suffering a lot of pain and disability for a long period of time,” Miller added.
Carpal tunnel is a term coined by Dr. Paul O’Brien, a former president of the American College of Neurology, and Dr. Scott Schoemaker, professor of neurology at University of Illinois Medical Center.
O’Brien and Schoemers research found that patients with carpal Tunnel syndrome had difficulty in moving their arms and legs, and some could not even walk, according.
They also experienced a loss of sensation in their hands, feet and lower legs.
The researchers said that the new research is “very exciting” because it shows that people suffering from spinal injuries are likely to benefit from carpal Torsion Therapy, which is used to treat a wide range of conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.
“This research was a major breakthrough in the field of spinal cord injuries,” Miller told CBC News.
Carpenters study is important because it is a critical step toward the development of more effective and efficient psychotherapies for spinal cord disorders, Miller said, noting that carpal tunnels can be extremely challenging to treat.
“We’re working on a whole new way to use this technology to address the problem,” she said.
Miller’s research also showed that the carpal tract could help people with spinal cord conditions to regain some of their lost mobility, as well as lessen the pain that often comes with severe muscle and joint injuries.
“I think it’s important that we have the right tools to treat these problems, to give people a chance to get back to the life they used to lead,” she added.
This research is the first study to show that carpenters therapy can improve mobility in people with brain injuries.
In the future, carpentering therapy could be used to help the millions of people in Canada who are blind, deaf or disabled to walk again, Miller added, noting there is a growing demand for such therapy.