Improvement of freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease by imagining bicycling

Akio Kikuchi, Toru Baba, Takafumi Hasegawa, Naoto Sugeno, Masatoshi Konno, Emiko Miura, Ryuji Oshima, Masashi Aoki, Atsushi Takeda

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Abstract

Freezing of gait (FOG) is one of the factors that reduce the quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Imagining bicycling before gait start provided improvement in FOG in 2 PD patients. Imagining and mimicking bicycling after the initiation of gait allowed the rhythmic gait to continue without interruption. We suggest that imagining and mimicking bicycling, which are nonexternal cues, could serve as a helpful therapeutic approach for the intractable freezing and interruption of gait of PD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Neurology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Freezing of gait
  • Imagining bicycling
  • Parkinson's disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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