On MyParkinsonsTeam MountainjWoman shared this advice!
“So Stop Falling! I have only fallen once in the 11 years I have had P D. When I was teaching spelunking (caving) to junior high school students, I learned an important principle about Not falling (quite important sometimes when caving!) Have 3 points of contact, not just 2. So if you are standing on 2 feet & move 1, that only leaves you 1 to stand on – Crash! But if you are standing on 2 feet plus holding a door frame or a countertop & move 1 foot, that leaves you in a stable position with 1 foot & 1 hand holding you up as you find a good placement for the foot you are moving.”
“I watched my husband relearn how to walk after his slight stroke. He would lean the direction he wanted to go, but not move his feet until he overbalanced, then he would hurry to make his feet quickly keep up with his falling body.”
“Shuffling – 2 problems: 1-The stride is so short that it takes absolutely forever to get from point A to point B
2-You don’t have any clearance when shuffling. The slightest unevenness (a mat, a wrinkle in the carpet) trips us & – Crash!”
“Reteach yourself how to walk – how to lead each step by lifting the knees; the leg is not a stiff, straight block of wood from the hip to the foot. Use all the joints. Pick up your feet & roll through the foot from heel to ball of foot, to tips of toes with each step; proper normal stride length, balancing each step by swinging the opposite arm & by tilting the head toward the foot that is moving forward, how to turn, walk backwards; pivot on the balls on the feet, not the heels; how to regain that sexy hip swing.”
“Bend your knees before & after stepping over something.”
“Do physical & occupational therapy for relearning balance, get homework exercises, & Do Them religiously every day.”
“Orient the balance centers of your brain by touching things as you walk – the back of a couch or chair, the desktop”.
“Dance – moving to music frees up your balance & gait, & it’s Fun!”
“Don’t stand on your own 2 feet – touch the wall, furniture, a grab bar or sit down instead of standing around. The beautiful ballerinas learn their amazing poses at the barre.”
“But decide Not to fall, figure out how “normal” people manage it, & practice, Practice, PRACTICE!”
“It took me over a year, but now I walk & run normally, naturally, without thinking about it.”
“Wouldn’t you rather teach yourself Not to fall?”