Functional Movement Disorder Treatment

A functional movement disorder (FMD) is defined as the presence of abnormal movement or positioning of part of the body due to improper functioning of the nervous system. Patients with an FMD may experience a range of distressing and disabling symptoms, including tremors, jerks/twitches, spasms, gait problems, and speech difficulties.

Unlike other movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease), an FMD is not caused by damage or a disease of the nervous system. It is, however, due to a reversible problem in the way that the nervous system is currently functioning. This means that an FMD can get better and even go away completely.
Our FMD treatment course, Learning Independent Function Everyday (LIFE), is an intense, consecutive 5-day program with follow-up sessions at 3, 6, and 12 months. We designed LIFE to provide each patient with the tools and strategies to eliminate their symptoms and live fuller lives.​
Abby came to us all the way from Alabama where she was a typically functioning high school student who had FMD symptoms come on suddenly and progress rapidly. When she arrived at TRP, she was crawling around her house and wheelchair bound for any distance. She and her family tried everything just to take a few normal steps however saw little progress. They were given little hope to see much progress long term. After just one day in TRP’s FMD program they were in shock with her instant progress. By the end of day 5, she was running, jumping and back at volleyball drills like she never stopped! We hope you are as moved by Abby’s story as we are.

Our multispecialty team uses an integrated approach to treat all aspects of the body and includes clinicians from the following departments:

To be eligible to participate in the LIFE program, a definitive FMD diagnosis and referral is required by a movement disorder specialist neurologist.