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.

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]