Let’s start with something simple, shall we?
Learn five Simple unfreezing techniques for Parkinson’s and enjoy your new found freedom.
Freezing can be an unpleasant symptom of Parkinson’s disease. One out 3 people with Parkinson’s report having episodes where their feet feel “stuck” to the floor when walking, especially when changing surfaces or directions and walking through the threshold of a door. People also experience freezing when attempting to get up from a chair because their seat feels like it is stuck to the chair. Freezing is more likely to occur during multitasking or distractions, and worsens with increased fatigue, anxiety, or depression. Thankfully, there are some very effective strategies for getting unstuck.
The 5 S Method is a great way to get unstuck during a freezing episode.
1st) STOP– Stop fighting your fussy feet. The more you fight it, the worse it gets.
2nd) STAND TALL– Shift your weight back onto your feet until your back is flat.
3rd) SHAKE IT OFF– Calm down.
4th) SHIFT WEIGHT– All the way from one foot to the other until you lean so far that one foot comes unstuck from the ground. Move your hips back and forth if your standing. It you’re sitting, shift your shoulders back and forth.
5th) STEP– Take a huge step forward and strike your heel! If standing from a chair, make a large pushing/ reaching motion with your hands as you rise.
More Bonus Strategies: Remember, it takes practice!
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