Bradykinesia or slowness of movement is one of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s. The general effect of bradykinesia is that it takes more time and effort to complete daily tasks, which can result in fatigue.
When experiencing slowness of movement a person with Parkinson’s may notice the following:
- Lack of spontaneous activity e.g. arm swing diminishes
- Fine motor coordination is reduced e.g. handwriting becomes smaller
- Changes in walking such as short, shuffling steps
- Episodes of freezing or periods of immobility
- Difficulty turning over in bed or rising from a chair
- It takes longer to do things
Some people with Parkinson’s find physiotherapy helps to improve their symptoms. A physiotherapist can recommend exercises and techniques to help with your mobility.
Medications for Parkinson’s can also help improve movement and reduce slowness.