Tips and tricks: how Parkinson’s patients can discover their own coping strategies
People with Parkinson’s are capable of developing their own creative ways to overcome daily difficulties. Over the years, health professionals have observed with admiration the effectiveness of these unique, self-created strategies that sometimes work where medication occasionally fails.
Health professionals are increasingly aware of the creative and effective power of people with Parkinson’s to help maintain their independence. In 2014 the European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson’s Disease (Keus et al, 2014) made a recommendation to take into account the trick that patients developed to overcome specific problems, evaluate their safety and adequacy and to improve the strategy if required (1).
In a video presented by Anke H Snijders, MD and Bastiaan R Bloem, MD, (2010) a 58-year-old man with severe freezing of gait surprised health professionals when he was able to jump on his bicycle and cycle safely along the road with astounding agility – fending off his freezing in the process. When he jumped off the bicycle, his freezing of gait would resume.