Reaching Further: An Integrative Approach to Supporting Healthy Muscle Tone in Children with Neurological Conditions
Reaching Further: An Integrative Approach to Supporting Healthy Muscle Tone in Children with Neurological Conditions:
In this presentation, Dr. Ryskowski describes some of the most widely used interventions for managing spasticity and dystonia and highlights the gaps that exist within the current treatment approach. She explores the pathophysiology behind hypertonicity and contractures, then discusses how minimally invasive hyaluronidase injections can help to prevent and treat contractures, improve range of motion, and allow children to further their motor development. She also discusses how other naturopathic interventions such as topical creams, magnesium, amino acids, and botanical medicine can play a role in supporting children struggling with tone issues.
About Dr. Ryskowski:
Dr. Amanda Ryskowski is a second-year resident at Total Wellness Medical Center in Surprise, Arizona, where she practices under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Proefrock. As an integrative primary care physician, she offers a compassionate, individualized approach to patient care. She enjoys helping children and adults with a variety of complex conditions, but she especially loves helping kids with neurological conditions attain a better quality of life. Dr. Ryskowski received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Oregon, and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has received additional training in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, botanical medicine, autologous tissue therapies, and psychedelic psychotherapy. In her spare time she enjoys reading, teaching yoga, and traveling with her husband and two-year old daughter.