Tremor monitoring provides new insights in diseases or tiredness studies

VitaMove can perform tremor monitoring of multiple body segments like chest, arm and or legs. It can detect when the tremor is present and the frequency of the tremor. This can provide objective information about occurrence and intensity of tremors as exhibited in for example Parkinson or MS patients. Possibly it can be of assistence to get a better view if dosing levels and schemes are properly set. Besides disease oriented the tremor monitoingr report cin combination with pysical activity can also provide clear insights in tiredness or fatigue. Also, kinematic tremor can be objectified as a function of treatment. The ‘Body Activity and Tremor Analysis’ report presents a summary of the most relevant parameters in tables, trend curve displays, pie-charts and histograms.

Background

Tremor can be a symptom associated with disorders in those parts of the brain that control muscles throughout the body or in particular areas, such as the hands. Neurological disorders or conditions that can produce tremor include multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, chronic kidney disease and a number of neurodegenerative diseases that damage or destroy parts of the brainstem or the cerebellum, Parkinson’s disease being the one most often associated with tremor. Other causes include the use of drugs (such as amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine, corticosteroids, SSRI), alcohol abuse or withdrawal, mercury poisoning; this is also in infants with phenylketonuria (PKU), overactive thyroid or liver failure. Tremors can be an indication of hypoglycemia, along with palpitations, sweating and anxiety. Tremor can also be caused from lack of sleep, lack of vitamins, or increased stress.

Characteristics may include a rhythmic shaking in the hands, arms, head, legs, or trunk; shaky voice; difficulty writing or drawing; or problems holding and controlling utensils, such as a fork. Some tremors may be triggered by or become exaggerated during times of stress or strong emotion, when the individual is physically exhausted, or during certain postures or movements.

Tremor may occur at any age but is most common in middle-age and older persons, typically around the age of 52–61.

 

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