If you are concerned about rigidity please see your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse.
Rigidity can stop muscles from stretching and relaxing. It can cause:
I tend to get muscle cramps and rigidity worse in the morning. And when I wake up my movements are very limited.
Someone with rigidity may not be able to swing their arms when they walk because their muscles are too tight and stiff.
Some people with Parkinson's have problems turning around, getting out of chairs and turning over in bed.
Rigidity can also make it hard to do things like writing or doing up buttons.
Parkinson's drugs may help with rigidity. See our drug treatments for Parkinson's information to find out more about how Parkinson's is treated.