Slowness of movement

Slowness of movement is one of the main symptoms of Parkinson's, alongside tremor and rigidity (stiffness). Not everyone with Parkinson's will experience all of these symptoms.

The medical term for slowness of movement is bradykinesia.

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Slowness of movement may mean that someone with Parkinson's:

  • walks with short, shuffling steps
  • finds it takes longer to do things
  • may have a lack of co-ordination
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Some people with Parkinson's find physiotherapy helps to improve their symptoms. A physiotherapist can recommend exercises and techniques to help with your mobility.

Parkinson's drugs may help with slowness of movement.

Dexterity and Parkinson's

Parkinson's can make using your hands for small movements tricky. But what is dexterity and how can Parkinson's affect it?

Specialist physiotherapist Bhanu Ramaswamy tells us more and shares exercises that can help improve your dexterity. 

Last updated April 2017. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected]