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Tips on Freezing!

via June 2022 Newsletter

“Freezing” is the temporary, involuntary inability to move. It can occur at any time.

For example, your feet may seem to stick to the floor or you may be unable to get up from a chair. Some people are more likely to have freezing episodes than others. Freezing can occur when the person with PD is due for the next dose of

dopaminergic medications. This is called “off” freezing. Usually, freezing episodes

lessen after taking the medicine. The exact cause of freezing is unknown.

Freezing and falls

  • About 38 percent of people living with PD fall each year. PD-related falls occur mostly when turning or changing directions and are often related to a freezing episode.

    • Not everyone living with PD will experience freezing episodes, but those who do are at a much higher risk of falling.

  • The unpredictability of freezing, along with efforts by well-meaning companions to force the person with PD to move, may cause loss of balance and falls.

Tricks to help you get over a freezing episode

  • March.

  • Shift your body weight from one leg to another.

  • Listen to rhythmic music and step with the beat.

  • Step over an imaginary line in front of you.

  • Use a mobile laser device that creates a line for you to step over.


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