One of the more challenging aspects of my experience with a neurological condition is freezing. Freezing happens when I am unable to move my feet, usually from a standing position. It typically occurs at the most inopportune time, like when I’m losing my balance. I have hurtled headlong into more than one wall because of it.
A few months ago I wrote a post about a little technique I discovered that helps me overcome this troublesome condition … bending my knees. Before moving, I quickly bend my knees, then take a step.
I recently discovered another technique that is quite helpful … staggering my feet [no pun intended!]. I unearthed it while carting wheelbarrow loads of gravel. I figured out that as I was about to begin moving with the wheelbarrow, when my feet were side by side, I quite often experienced freezing. But when my feet were staggered, particularly when my left foot was ahead of my right foot, I moved normally. I tried it out in different situations and the results were consistent.
My challenge, is remembering to do these techniques when my mind is preoccupied with a task. As you may know, multitasking doesn’t come easy and I’m more prone to freezing when I’m doing something.
I urge you to check out this video that blog reader Jimmy brought to my attention. It has a lot of great exercises to keep the body limber, improve balance and minimize freezing. One particular exercise I like is, before moving, consciously relax the jaw, say out loud, “take a big step,” then count each step in a loud voice. It’s a terrific technique!
I hope you find these exercises and routines helpful.
Have an awesomely fluid day!