FREEZING OF GAIT
It is a movement disorder unique to Parkinson’s disease, characterised by the inability to step forward and the necessity to take very short steps. In laymen’s terms, it could be described feeling stuck, leaving a person unable to move forward.
Triggered when the brain of a person with Parkinson’s disease becomes overloaded with stimuli, freezing of gait frequently occurs in confined spaces such as doorways and around
Freezing of gait can often lead to imbalance and falls.But it has more than a physical impact. The stress and anxiety of experiencing (or worrying about experiencing) a freeze, particularly in a public place, can lead to a loss of confidence, self-esteem and independence, and increased isolation.
Many years of research has proven that by using a visual cue, such as a cane or a walker, can overcome freezing.