People with Parkinson’s can try compensation strategies. A new study shows that people with Parkinson’s disease who have walking difficulties can invent their own strategies for overcoming gait impairment.
The study revealed that there is no one solution, so a wide array of techniques may help people with Parkinson’s.
A person with Parkinson's disease can experience difficulties in walking and talking.
As the disease progresses, a person also faces episodic problems, such as freezing.
As the disease progresses, episodic problems, such as freezing, may occur. Freezing makes it difficult to initiate a movement and to manage narrow spaces or turns. These problems can lead to falls and related injuries.
Now the latest research suggests that people with Parkinson’s may either invent their own strategies to manage the changes to their gaits or learn techniques from specialists.
The latest survey published in n Neurology and conducted by researchers at the Radboud University Medical Centre, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has investigated the effectiveness of these strategies.
These seven strategies can help: External cueing, internal cueing, changing the balance requirements, altering the mental state, action observation, and motor imagery, adapting a new walking pattern and using the legs in a different way to move forward.
“Our findings suggest that a ‘one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work because different contexts might require different strategies or because individuals simply respond better to one strategy, compared to another,” study author Dr. Anouk Tosserams said.