TPS-Therapy - Testimonial 5

Moderate Alzheimer's dementia

The first goal of TPS: Stopping the progression of dementia.

Preliminary remark by Prof. Citak: “What is often forgotten in all the euphoria thanks to the many wonderful results is the fact that the first and, at the beginning, actually the only goal of TPS is that it should stop the course of the disease. And that almost always works in my practices. If I treat and care for a patient who, thanks to the therapy, can continue to live at home and does not have to go to a nursing home, as is often the case, if the patient feels even a little bit better, but in a stable way, and if the relatives can continue to live a reasonably good and safe life with the patient, then this is already a great success.”

The back story:
M. H. is an active, sporty woman, leading a conscious and balanced life, positively oriented in every respect, who worked in banking and pursues numerous personal interests. The mother of two – now adult – children, married to a manager, has not suffered from any serious illnesses in her life so far. The family has long paid attention to healthy nutrition, they are sporty, she swims every day and over the decades she has not gained a gram of weight. Of course, she has never smoked or enjoyed alcohol. She takes care of herself, of her family, she is organized and informed, also and especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. However, at the age of 59, there are increasing signs of forgetfulness, various inadequacies in the organization of everyday life and the changes that cannot be precisely attributed at first, such as participation in conversations and other social activities. This is all the more striking in the case of Mrs. H. because she belongs to that special breed of people who, even after years or decades, can still remember situations, conversations, names, telephone numbers, etc. exactly as if it were yesterday.

The couple, always matter-of-fact and fact-oriented, quickly begins to deal with the situation. It is not pushed aside or even negated. In 2019, M. H. is diagnosed by a neurologist: she suffers from Alzheimer’s dementia. The state of knowledge is: Alzheimer’s dementia is not treatable, one must come to terms with the diagnosis and accept the further course.

Initiative and attentive research lead to Transcranial Pulse Stimulation

early on.
The entire H. family is now concerned with the disease. All parameters that are normally consulted in relation to a dementia disease can be excluded in Mrs. H.’s case. Neither is there a family history of the disease, nor do thyroid values or previous illnesses play a role, nor can lifestyle be responsible. Thorough research is carried out, studies are read, scientists in Europe and the USA are contacted. Finally, one learns about the new Transcranial Pulse Stimulation, with which the first clinics and practices are just beginning to work. Despite all the skepticism, the family decides that it is worth a try, since there is really nothing else that could stop this disease. And even if the therapy doesn’t help, it can’t do any harm in any case; the way shock waves work on the brain is adequately explained in the preliminary talks, the scientific data speak for themselves, they are logical, well-founded and comprehensible.

Transcranial Pulse Stimulation finally available, but Corona pandemic makes it difficult to get started

The H. family is taking a beating to get Mrs. H. treated with the new TPS therapy. That’s because the Corona pandemic, which is developing at the same time, makes travel inconvenient. They have to put up with a lot in order to have the therapy carried out. In May 2020, the time has come. Mrs. H. receives the first initial series of the treatment. After that, she feels somewhat better: her spatial orientation improves, she participates more in conversations again and doesn’t misplace as many things. The score on the MMS test is 20 before treatment, and after the sessions it is partly above 24 points. Yet, of course, she continues to suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia.

Family H. goes, also Corona-conditioned, as a pioneer a still somewhat different way with the Transcranial Pulse Stimulation. In contrast to what is now common practice, Mrs. H. does not receive individual refresher treatments every four to six weeks, but is treated again in the fall of 2020 with a multi-part series. The same, i.e. in spring and in autumn, will be carried out in 2021. There is no other way to target therapy due to corona limitations.

Continuity and stability: the treatment leads to the attenuation of the course of the disease, improves the overall condition and gives quality of life

Today, in May 2022, the H. family can look back on living with Transcranial Pulse Stimulation for more than two years. How do Mr. and Mrs. H. assess the course, how do they feel about the therapy, and how do they manage their lives with the disease?

“TPS has done far more than we had hoped for,” Mr. H. says in conversation. “I don’t believe in making euphoric statements, even though we naturally read and hear from others what positive effects the treatment can have on some people. The most important thing, first of all, is that my wife has remained stable. And there are many little things thanks to the TPS that make our lives easier and more beautiful: My wife reads again like she used to, she is active every day and we are out and about a lot, you can say that our lives have, as far as possible, become a bit more normal. That’s quite a lot and, in our personal opinion, has been significantly supported by TPS.”

And what does the patient herself have to say about it? “Of course, the disease annoys me. But I can live with it, you just have to get into it and make the best of it. You can hear it: I have no problems with speech, my basic mood is good, I find my way around, I live my life, it’s nice. Of course, my husband has to help me, but yes: that’s fine.”

What is the next step and what is your personal advice to other sufferers, Mr. and Mrs. H?

“We have just done another treatment series with Prof. Citak in Münster and will continue to use Transcranial Pulse Stimulation. It is, in our opinion, currently the only sensible and proven therapy method with which this disease can be treated. Beyond that, however, it is also important from our point of view not to rely solely on one treatment method and do nothing else. We follow our consistent path here as well. This means that we really do daily exercises for brain performance and memory, we also vary them, nothing is more counterproductive than a daily monotony. One hour of occupational therapy per week seems too little for us. Without activity and continuous stimulation of the brain and without initiative, it is a futile endeavor. TPS together with encouragement and activity in daily life is, in our opinion, the best combination at present in the case of such a disease.”