The use of automated visual cues can help reduce the frustration and falls experienced by patients who have Parkinson’s.
More than 10 million people across the world live with Parkinson’s disease – A progressive neurological condition that affects movement. Freezing of gait is a common symptom of the disease that causes a person to feel stuck in place and unable to take a step forward. Studies show that between 38-68% of Parkinson’s patients will fall each year with freezing of gait being a frequent cause.
Research has shown that sensory cueing can improve mobility by making up for reduced kinaesthetic feedback. The visual cue can help guide the patient when walking becomes challenging and less natural.
Path Finder is a laser device that’s fitted to the shoes and displays a projected line in front of the patient’s foot to prompt walking and continues to guide each next step. It’s completely adjustable to suit the wearer’s stride length and width.
Automated cues such as Path Finder can reduce freezing of gait episodes by 43%. This decreases the chance of injury, improves independence, mental wellbeing, and it can also help with shuffling symptoms.