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Issue #8 Hypokinesia

April 24, 2024

Welcome to The Climb, your weekly journey with Lifecycle Sherpa, where we explore Parkinson’s Disease, its symptoms, treatments, tips, techniques, and build a supportive and knowledgeable community.

This week’s trail leads us to…small, incomplete movements (hypokinesia).

Question: What is hypokinesia? How can I manage it!?

Answer: Hypokinesia is a MOTOR SYMPTOM. The muscles move very minimally, resulting in small movements such as shuffled feet, a flat affect (facial features), freezing, not being able to roll over in bed, and small handwriting (micrographia).

Tips on Management: Here are TWO!

1) Exercise and Stretch: Try yoga, tai-chi, dance, boxing, etc.

2) For those experiencing small handwriting (micrographia) and need help: SLOW DOWN when writing and practice writing in BIG letters on paper with wide lines. Try flicks (flick your fingers open and closed HARD 3-5x) before picking up the pen, and take breaks to do more flicks as needed. Practice daily.

For more guidance, get a referral to see a physical, occupational and speech therapist to address your specific symptoms. It is always a good idea to learn strategies before the symptoms evolve in order to best fight them off.

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