A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with Parkinson's disease has been developed by Canadian researchers.
Previously housebound patients are now free to walk on the spot and fall asleep.
Parkinson's UK hailed its potential impact on an aspect of the disease where it is currently being treated.
Prof Mandar Jog, of Western University in London, Ontario, told BBC News the "beyond his wildest dreams. "
"Most of our patients have had the disease for 1
"Normal walking involves the brain sending." instructions to the legs to move.
Prof Jog believes Parkinson's disease reduces the signals coming back to the brain – breaking the loop and causing the patient to freeze.
The implant his team has developed boosts that signal.
However, Prof jog was surprised that the treatment was long-lasting and even when the implant was turned off.
He believes the electrical stimulus reawakens 19659004] "This is a completely different rehabilitation therapy," he said.
"It seems that they are degraded."
Gail Jardine, 66, is among the patients who Has benefited from the treatment.
Gail kept freezing on the spot, and she would fall over two or three times a day.
She lost her confidence and stopped walking in the countryside in Kitchener, Ontario
"I can walk a lot better," she says.
Now she can walk in the park for the first time in two years.
said. "I have not fallen si nce I started the treatment.
Another beneficiary is Guy Alden, 70, a Deacon at a Catholic Church in London, Ontario. He was forced to retire in 2012 because of his Parkinson's disease.
"I was freezing a lot when I was in a crowd or crossing a threshold in a mall." Everyone would be looking at It was very embarrassing, "he told me."
"Now I can walk in crowds." My wife and I even went on holiday to Maui and I did not need to use my wheelchair at any point [Beck] Port, research manager at Parkinson's UK, said, "The results seen in this small-scale pilot study are very promising
"Should future studies show the same level of promise, it has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life, giving people with Parkinson's the freedom to enjoy everyday activities."
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