December 29, 2021 at 7:35 am #22496Mary Beth SkylisModerator
As Parkinson’s progresses, it seems like my dad’s freezing episodes are becoming more frequent and longer. He uses furniture to balance himself while he travels throughout the house. But I’m wondering if there are additional strategies we can implement to help him to manage his freezing episodes. How do you manage freezing episodes? Do you ever use a cane or walking stick?
December 30, 2021 at 7:01 am #22741BariParticipant
Episodes of freezing can be terrifying. Walking across a threshold, through a door frame, or between large objects (ie; furniture) are common triggers. Some people (not me, unfortunately) use pocket lasers and direct the line of light to a point beyond the obstacle. Focusing on the line or endpoint distracts the brain from focusing on the nearer obstacles. It’s worth a try. The first thing I do is to try blocking out any noise around me. I concentrate on adjusting my posture – standing upright and lengthening my back. Then I focus on lifting one knee in a marching pose. I start counting – whispered or out loud – with each step until I’ve gotten through the “blocked” area. This is a big problem for me, too, and I’ve taken more than one fall because I let my head lead my feet while walking. At my husband’s urging, I finally started using a rollator this year!
December 30, 2021 at 10:24 am #22748IveParticipant
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December 30, 2021 at 12:35 pm #22751AnonymousInactive
Freezing of gait is a daily challenge for me so I use a modified 5s method:
1) STOP 2) STAND TALL 3) SHAKE IT OFF 4) SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT 5) STEP
Here’s a video I found to be helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmO8qdxgsoE
What I have come to realize that I have to continually think about what used to normally be routine.
January 3, 2022 at 1:50 pm #22845Gary SParticipant
I capture a mouth full of air by puffing out my cheeks, and then release it all at once making a explosion sound as I take a step. This helps me get unstuck.
January 7, 2022 at 5:31 pm #22896Alan MParticipant
Can I pose a question to all? For those one out of three PD peeps that developed freezing, how long after diagnosis (or self discovery) did this issue begin for you?
January 8, 2022 at 8:19 pm #22899BariParticipant
I was Dx’s with Parkinson’s 20+ yrs ago at age 49. I am now 70. It’s possible I could live for at least another 5+ yrs. Looking at the line of my PD continuum, I’d say that freezing and failure to initiate movement began interfering with my life about 13 years into the disease. It seemed to come on all of a sudden, and I took several signifant falls that broke bones. NOTE: This is why I’ve never been a candidate for DBS surgery, which has been helpful to many with tremors. Tremors aren’t one of my dominent symptoms, and a side effect of DBS can be freezing & slowness of gait … which one of my biggest problems!
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