Noninvasive stimulation of cerebellar and spinal cord structures has shown promise in the treatment of ataxic symptoms, and this is interesting particularly in the field of neurodegenerative ataxias, which lack effective therapies. The authors of this randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled, crossover trial combined cerebellar anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and spinal cathodal tDCS in patients with ataxia (including spinocerebellar ataxia type 2, cerebellar variant of multiple system atrophy type C, and other syndromes). The mean score on the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia changed from 20.1 at baseline to 15.8 at the end of the 2-week stimulation period, with benefit sustained at 1 month (15.1) and 3 months (16.1). A similar pattern was seen for the International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale score and secondary measures. The greatest improvement was seen in patients who were less affected clinically and functionally.
The results suggest a promising potential role for this therapeutic approach in treatment of neurodegenerative ataxia, with further research warranted.
I would have to say here I’d be very sceptical about such a device from Amazon. Any such treatments should be conducted under medical supervision IMO. A TENS machine for muscular tension is one thing, but tDCS is something altogether different and not something I’d be suggesting under any circumstances without a knowledgeable practitioner.
Yes, Shoaib I do have some experience with tDCS. I purchased my unit from “The Brain Stimulator” https://thebrainstimulator.net/. They were very nice and I got all information on where to position the electrodes, voltage, etc. by going to my current favorite site https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home. There is also a bunch of information on the web by using google. Checking my diary, I used the device twice for 3 weeks with no luck. I gave up on using the device but will look into starting up again.
I am not being able to go to Las Vegas for the annual NAF meeting next year. If anyone goes, could you learn more about tDCS ( Transcutaneous Direct Current Stimulation) ? This seems to be interim method to improve cerebellar function till gene editing or stem cell infusion are successful.