The use of analogies in regulating stride length in people with Parkinson’s disease

People with Parkinson's have a tendency to shuffle their steps when walking. Traditionally, physiotherapists tend to give verbal instructions to take bigger steps. However, this does not help everyone.

Analogy learning is a method to support people in (re)learning movements by getting them to imagine a familiar action. This study aims to determine if teaching people with Parkinson's an analogy can help improve their walking performance. Ten people with Parkinson's will be recruited from the local support groups in the Exeter area to take part in a single training session, with additional home practice. Walking and movement will be assessed using video and attaching small sensors to the body. These assessments will take place immediaty before and after the training session, and again 4 weeks later.