Internal tremors, even though they are not debilitating, they are indeed troublesome to live with. The internal tremors or vibrations phenomenon is when someone feels like a part of his or her body is moving, but in reality it is not. A patient might come to the clinic complaining of feeling like his head was moving or wobbling involuntarily, but when he checked in the mirror, nothing was moving. Cochrane et al, in a paper studying the prevalence of internal tremors in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Essential Tremors stated that that the internal tremors are common in all 3 of them. To ease some of the symptoms, there are suggested internal vibrations workouts that affected people might consider trying.
Since internal tremors are mostly related to the 3 disorders mentioned, these workouts or exercises suggestions will also be linked closely to them rather than to other disorders. For example, in Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disease that manifests as slowing of movements, tremors and muscle rigidity, patients might benefit from exercise focusing on mobility and balance such as yoga and tai chi. These workouts are also able to stretch and loosen tight muscles, especially in the hips and legs. Besides, the likes of yoga and tai chi can become a spiritual way to relieve stress and anxiety, which is good considering that anxiety has some roles in the trigger and worsening of tremor.
Further into the topic, according to Parkinson’s Foundation, exercise programs for PD patients should include flexibility exercises, aerobic activity, and resistance training exercises. In resistance training or strength exercises, light weights can be used to strengthen weak muscles. It is best to start using weights that are adjusted to the patient’s ability to avoid unwanted strain and stress. Resistance bands can also be utilized in strength exercises. In terms of aerobic workouts, it is vital to keep in mind that there is no reason to overdo or strain patients with strenuous exercises. The activity needs to match the person. Moderation is the key. Any activity that raises heart rate can be done, such as brisk walking, jogging or swimming.
Another group of activity that is effective or rather important to people with these diseases is occupational therapy. Yes, part of occupational therapy includes assessing patients’ environment and recommending changes to ease their lives. However, within the occupational therapy, there are also physical activities designed specifically to help patients of certain crippling diseases to become independent in their daily activities. Occupational therapists will help in the therapy or workout sessions, aiming to improve patients’ dexterity, making simple tasks like dressing and eating easier for them.
Even though most people are unaware that internal tremors exist, as they cannot be seen, they can be pressing for individuals who have them. It is understandable if some are even frustrated having to deal with these symptoms. However, the internal tremors are valid medical symptoms and any concerns raised related to them should be addressed accordingly. Most physical exercises, as long as they are suited to the patients, are beneficial and can give positive results on the symptoms, but still, it is probably a good idea to get some help from doctors or therapists for a better exercise plan and outcome.