I would like to mention the program developed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for motor and speech reprogramming in FND patients. I was offered this program while at the Mayo Clinic under the name of a "Thompson's program". Unfortunately, I could not attend it myself because there was a two-months long queue to enter the program, and I was leaving the US earlier. It took me a long time to find out what this program means, because, apparently, it is a Mayo Clinic know-how and they do not mention it much outside the Clinic walls. Recently, I found a scientific publication of Dr. Thompson and his colleagues dedicated to this program. It is published in the journal "Parkinsonism and Related Disorders" in 2012 under the title "Functional Movement Disorders: Successful Treatment with a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Protocol". The treatment included those with functional gait disorders, hyperkinetic disorders and paresis, there is a video attached to the article demonstrating the treatment and its outcome. I can provide anyone interested with the article electronic copy. I also hope that the FND patients in the US might have a chance to be referred to the Mayo Clinic for this program. It is located at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and includes generally five days of intensive rehabilitation directed at the brain reprogramming towards correct motor signals. If you have questions about this protocol, please write to my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Best wishes to everybody. Svetlana.
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