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Title: Weighting for the beat: Using a dance cue to facilitate turning in people with Parkinson's Disease and freezing of gait
Authors: Kal, E
Ellmers, T
Fielding, A
Hardeman, L
Coito, J
Joyce, L
Young, W
Keywords: Parkinson’s disease;freezing of gait;cueing;anticipatory postural adjustment;anticipatory postural adjustment;weight-shifting;festination
Issue Date: 24-May-2022
Publisher: IOS Press
Citation: Kal, E., Ellmers, T., Fielding, A., Hardeman, L., Coito, J., Joyce, L. and Young, W. (2022) ‘Weighting for the Beat: Using a Dance Cue to Facilitate Turning in People with Parkinson’s Disease and Freezing of Gait’, Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 12 (4), pp. 1353 - 1358 (6). doi: 10.3233/JPD-213125.
Abstract: Copyright © 2021 The Authors. Freezing of gait (FOG) can severely compromise daily functioning in people with Parkinson’s disease. Inability to initiate a step from FOG is likely underpinned, at least in part, by a deficient preparatory weight-shift. Conscious attempts to weight-shift in preparation to step can improve success of initiating forward steps following FOG. However, FOG often occurs during turning, where weight-shifting is more complex and risk of falling is higher. We explored the effectiveness of a dance-based (‘cha-cha’) weight-shifting strategy to re-initiate stepping following FOG during turning. Results suggest that this simple movement strategy can enhance turning steps following FOG, without compromising safety.
ISSN: 1877-7171
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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