Walk with confidence
10 strategies to help you walk better, faster and for longer.
Discover 10 essential strategies, in the form of video clips, that can help you walk better, faster and longer. These strategies allow you to optimize your walking method, prevent falls and thus make your daily life easier.
If you are a caregiver, you can use these same exercises to maintain a good walking method, and thus walk better together! Discover 10 essential strategies, in the form of video capsules, which can help you walk better, faster and more long time. These strategies allow you to optimize your walking method, prevent falls and thus make your daily life easier.
If you are a caregiver, you can use these same exercises to maintain a good walking pattern, and thus walk better together!
Did you know?
Walking is one of the most common challenges faced by people living with Parkinson’s disease. It affects posture, muscle tone (rigidity) and quality of movement (bradykinesia and akynesia). These difficulties disrupt the sense of balance and can lead to falls and damaging injuries. Acquiring a good walking technique then becomes essential to regaining confidence.
More than 60% of those diagnosed develop walking difficulties. These difficulties disrupt the sense of balance and can lead to falls and damaging injuries.
Nearly two-thirds of people living with the disease have fallen in the past year.
Discover 10 strategies to walk with confidence
To get the most out of these strategies, practice them in order from 1 to 10. Make sure you master one before moving on to the next. Happy viewing !
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Walk 30 minutes a day, alone or accompanied. Walking time can be split into short periods.
- Regularity is better than the occasional grueling walk.
- Practice the proposed strategies for 6 minutes, at a frequency of 2 times a day. You should see results within the first two weeks of practice.
Download the cheat sheet
Download the free cheat sheet, which presents the 10 strategies in a practical format. Take this document with you on your outings and give yourself frequent reminders “heel first, look straight ahead, walk high”.
Who are our partners?
The “Walk with Confidence” strategies and exercises were developed in collaboration with two researchers, Nancy Mayo and Ahmed Abou-Sharkh. They specialize in therapeutic interventions, including gait rehabilitation, with the aim of improving the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Nancy Mayo, Ph.D.
Nancy Mayo is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. In addition, Ms. Mayo is a research scientist at the McGill University Hospital Institute, where she leads a research program on daily activities, disability and quality of life among vulnerable populations in Canada. She develops and applies modern methods to measure and observe the health outcomes that matter to patients (symptoms, daily activities and quality of life).
Ahmed Abou-Sharkh, M.Sc., Physiotherapist
Ahmed Abou-Sharkh is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. As a researcher and physiotherapist, Mr. Abou-Sharkh's goal is to pursue his academic career with a focus on therapeutic interventions targeting vulnerable populations in Canada, with or without chronic diseases.
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