Parkinson’s disease can have a challenging symptom called “freezing” which is a temporary, involuntary inability to move. While quite frustrating, it can be overcome with some simple tricks to help resume mobility.
1. MOVE A DIFFERENT BODY PART
If your feet have frozen, move your arm by pointing to the ceiling or touching your head. Then resume walking.
2. CHANGE DIRECTION
Turn your body and start walking in a different direction, then go back to the original movement.
3. CARRY A LASER POINTER
When you freeze, shine the pointer on the ground and step on it.
4. LIFT YOUR KNEE
Pretend you’re stepping over an object, then continue walking.
5. THINK OF A SONG
Feel the beat of a song and re-start to the tempo.
6. COUNT TO THREE
The rhythm of counting can help you to begin stepping forward.
7. MARCH IN PLACE
Move your feet up and down, then proceed ahead.
The therapists at Body Balance Physical Therapy can help you learn and perfect these and other exercises to help you manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Call today for an immediate appointment!