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CCSVI Alliance Interviews

Mr. Ray Crallé, nationally recognized physical therapist, covers the physiology and rehabilitation of two symptomatic challenges for people with MS – gait disturbance and balance. As CCSVI Alliance has noted in its Aftercare Section, physical activity is one of the long term strategies we suggest to maximize brain health. This recommendation has been confirmed by numerous research studies which validate that physical activity is good for the heart and the brain (Indiana University, BMC Neurology JournalPhysical Therapy). Ray Crallé, using therapy techniques developed by Margaret Rood and Sir Charles Sharrington, elicits responses through the nervous system versus concentrating on exercising muscles. In this interview, Mr Crallé discusses the physiology of spasticity and spastic plantar flexion (incorrectly termed foot drop in many MS patients), vestibular balance (which can have an effect on cerebral blood flow) and the bio-mechanics of gait disturbance. Before starting any type of new physical activity or therapy, please check with your healthcare provider.


Joan Beal, CCSVI Alliance board member, interviews ISNVD 2014 Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Paula Grammas, PhD. Dr. Grammas is Professor of Neurology - Texas Tech University and Executive Director of the Garrison Institute on Aging. She was recently appointed Director of the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium. Joan talks with Dr. Grammas about her research into the role of blood vessels and inflammation in neurological disease.


Dr. Paolo Zamboni discusses his new pilot study which looks at perfusion changes in the multiple sclerosis (MS) brain prior to and after successful venoplasty for CCSVI, utilizing SPECT and PET scans. His team also compares cerebral perfusion in MS to normal controls.  Recorded at the ISNVD 2014 Conference - San Francisco.


Neurologist Dr. David Hubbard reviews the history and the future of the FDA-approved Hubbard Patient Registry for the treatment of CCSVI. Recorded at the ISNVD 2014 Conference - San Francisco.

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