Hello everybody. Welcome to Parkinson’s
on the Move. Today we’re going to talk about walking; seemingly something we do
every day and until we got diagnosed with Parkinson’s, we probably never
thought of it. Well, with Parkinson’s we have to think about it all the time. Like
everyone else, I have a gait imbalance and those were the first symptoms I had of
Parkinson’s. Something wasn’t right with my walking, and it took me quite a while
to figure out how to get back to normal rhythms of just the simple act of walking.
Well oddly enough, it is possible. It is quite simple and we will demonstrate it
today. Please observe: this is my normal gait, the way I feel today, the way I feel
right now. This is after 10 years of living with Parkinson’s this is me just
walking. You probably noticed this stiffness on
my right side. This is predominantly where I have my Parkinson’s – right arm
and the right leg are a little bit slow. But look what happens if I use a simple
tennis ball. Thank you. So I’ll bounce the ball as I walk 1 2 3 1 2 3 it’s like a waltz. 1
2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 if you notice or not – maybe you have to look at it again –
my right arm is no longer shaking when I walk and my right leg is not as affected
by Parkinson’s. Why is that? Well I guarantee you can ask 10 doctors, a
hundred people, and no one will give you a straight answer.
Do I have an answer? No. So in my discovery trying to figure out
how to get my gait back to normal, I started tossing the ball just back and
forth as I walk, just like this, so you pay attention to the ball you’re no longer
paying attention to your legs and all of a sudden your legs get in line and they
walk more or less normally. It doesn’t take any practice you may practice this
first. It’s not very difficult, keep an eye on the ball and I can even walk
backwards and I can walk forward this improves your gait dramatically. Because I’m focusing strictly on the
ball I cannot think about anything else so what do you do if you’re out walking,
you’re trying to get your exercise for the day and your leg – one leg, both legs – lock up. You literally can’t move it where it moves so slowly that you’re
shuffling your leg. Well, there is something you can do. It’s called
skipping. I’ll demonstrate. My right leg is a little locked up today, but if I
just skip it’s effortless. I don’t feel any imbalance and I can go back so this was the skipping. Fairly simple,
fairly routine, and probably you will find it natural to do. Give it a try. You
will be amazed at how much better your legs are working when you’re just
skipping. Another way to just basically exercise and do some kind of cardio or
running is to do this. For some reason, our brain has no problem with this. Now, it may be illegal in some states, but try it. It does feel more natural. It’s almost
as if by magic the limping, the imbalanced gait just vanishes. Of course all of our suggestions
stem from the fact that you have to have your strength. We can’t emphasize it
enough. We say it on our website we say it throughout our workouts and our
individual exercises. Strength is the key to being better, to living better to
feeling better. So don’t forget we can skip, we can hop, we can juggle, we can do
all sorts of things. But we really need strength.

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Dennis Veasley

64 thoughts on “Walk more normally with Parkinson’s – 4 simple ways”

  1. Good information Alexander. Neuroplasticity anything that uses the neural feedback loop is always phenomenal for people with Parkinson's

  2. Try our low field transcranial magnetic stimulation helmet for Parkinson and gait problem. It help in release in dopamin and serotonin and neuro transmeters. FDA approved technology

  3. some good ideas here; one thing however is the sideways walk; I have a very hard time with this, and so do many other pwp I know in my gym.

  4. Very cool discovery…..Thanks for sharing…….I don't shake, I just freeze…….I've noticed when I used to be able to play basketball, pretty much by myself, I would get into a rhythm with the ball, and use the balls energy so to speak, and everything just fell into place…….Kind of reminds me of that movie "Awakenings" where Robin Williams worked in a Healthcare Facility that took care of a group of people that just "froze" and Robbin woke them up……anyway in one of the scenes Robbin throws a ball at a woman, sitting "frozen" in a wheel chair,, and the woman used the energy of the moving ball to reach out and catch the ball……..Now what that means, I don't know….all I know is that the same concept helps me also……I've been struggling with this most of my life……and there's something to it…..

  5. Wish I would have found sooner, thanks for sharing! Oh you're right on strength, I got's to get stronger… BTW, couldn't find a tennis ball, so used a kids baseball, worked fine.

  6. Throwing the tennis ball from hand to hand helps me walk, but I can't bounce the ball at all. I freeze. and then when I finally bounce it, I almost fall when I catch it. I can't walk at all when I bounce the ball. I'm shocked by this, by the way.

  7. Skipping along sideways or straight on is going to look much more natural than your first standard walk, yeah right! Bouncing a ball or juggling a ball is going to be on quiet roads otherwise you'll get knocked down by a vehicle concentrating on juggling your balls, yeah I know 😂. Keeping fit is good but it's not so easy. Keep on trucking.

  8. Nice options to know. I had been diagnosed with PD 2 years ago and the Carbidopa-Levodopa has worked very well for me so far. I forget I have Parkinson's at all sometimes.

  9. If you have Parkinson,s I can’t understand how you can look so,normal. I’m am too far gone to even take a step.without feeling like I will,fall.it takes me several,minutes to,just turn around.

  10. Well done. I am 40. I am an ice hockey goalie. I was diagnosed with beginning signs of pd in January 2018. Right arm not swinging, shoulder arm was low, and printing became ugly lol. My neurologist prescribed me with sinemet. 1 pill 3x day. Didn’t work. Then we doubled it. Worked. Now in September my right hand from time to time looked like a claw. I also noticed a buckling in my walk, very slight. Now I’m taking 8 pills per day. No tremors at all. I still play hockey, chk out my channel. I hope sinemet works on me when I get older…….?

  11. Alex. Are you saying that we walk everywhere whilst juggling?! This isn’t practical is it? You seem to walk pretty well at the beginning without the ball. How do you achieve that?

  12. Dear Dr … I am not facing typical Parkinson's but lately I have noticed that my right hand feels shaky.. trembling … specially with a cup of tea … while writing something….
    So am I going towards Parkinson's ?

  13. I wonder if you were to try the race walking gait would the PD let you move normally. You know the race walking movement you see it in the Olympics. Its an event in the Olympics. If it works then every time you do it in public people would probably think you are training and have a normal body.

    Another great tip for the hands and fingers is to start playing the ukulele. I have PD and find the activity has helped me greatly. Ukuleles are small, very light weight, have only 4 strings are easy to fret and make chords and are very affordable. Mine cost 72 dollars and was bought in a music store. It's not a toy. It's a folk instrument and it sounds beautiful. Youtube is full of free ukulele lessons by very wonderful people around the world. Never had so much fun!

  14. I have trouble walking at all. Advanced osteoarthritis keeps me pretty much chair ridden. Three times I have had to learn how to walk. And recently was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease .. "life in the slow lane" went from a very active life now more like a slug. 68 goin on 90 .. I'll take any suggestions.. liked the video. .. ;{D

  15. We went from a slow, awkward shuffle to an all but normal gate. The passing from one hand to another was not a tough sell. It opened our eyes to a totally new view of what can be. Thanks so much for sharing insights.

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    When your body organs functionalities improve, the body will heal itself.

    Why not start with learning the Theory of Foods and Drink as per ancient wisdom first.

    Food Therapy for the unique you with your own Body Constituents


  17. the anwser simply because you are focusing on the tennis thats why you forget about the shaking its like illusion but its works our brain believe in illusion or tricks

  18. I'm Frank Cohen, founder at Clever Moe. We do digital advertising targeting with social media influencers. We are working on an ad campaign for the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) to raise funds for their services. I am wondering if you be willing to let us use parts of your video in our ad? -Frank

  19. In order to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's remove the hair by tweezing from the bodies hands, wrists, and feet. This should have a significant positive outcome for the patient. Thank you.

  20. My husband can't walk that quickly anymore. He went from fast walking daily 5 miles a day to barely able to move without a lot of help.
    People if you're at the beginning, practice this via ideas, so you can walk as long as possible!

  21. Music works too, the was a program about it on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation a couple of years ago. I don't know whether the genre matters, the program used music suitable for old time ballroom, so there might have been a connection too their youth.

  22. " The most progressive ideas on how to live with Parkinson's comes from people with Parkinson's " , this simple and obvious statement should always be remembered ! Make it your mantra ! Thanks a lot for sharing your "exercises" , really a lot!

  23. "
    The most progressive ideas on how to live with Parkinson's comes from people with Parkinson's " , this simple and obvious statement should always be remembered ! Make it your mantra ! Thanks a lot for sharing your "exercises" , really a lot!

  24. Interesting….I'm glad u explained it like that because I would wonder why some people can do a fast movement to certaint things…but then again be slow to others. Then I think there playing games (sometimes)…This is soOo (COMPLEX) and ODD! This needs to be talked about MORE…There's soOo much layers to this!

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