Parkinson’s disease progressively becomes more apparent as time goes on. However, in the earlier stages, it’s possible to detect with some visual clues.
The charity Parkinson’s Foundation noted that the brain condition “affects control of automatic activities”.
Without the brain’s automatic reminder to stand up straight, people with the condition can be prone to posture changes.
Such posture change would include stooped or rounded shoulders, decreased low back curve and a forward lean of the head or the whole body.
Together, it would appear as though someone with the brain disease is hunched over.
There are several possibilities as to why someone with Parkinson’s would develop a hunched over appearance.
One main cause is muscle stiffness and rigidity – caused by the lack of dopamine neurotransmitters circulating in the brain.
A stooped posture can bring trouble of its own, too. For example, the charity said it could induce neck or back pain when the natural spine curve is out of alignment.
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One tip from the Parkinson’s Foundation is to use a mirror to check your posture throughout the day.
It’ll also help to change positions often and to get back (lumbar) or neck (cervical) rolls or cushions for better postural alignment when sitting.
The charity also encourages people to consider yoga or tai chi classes, which can help with movement.
In addition, do ask people to tell you if they notice you stooping so that you can actively improve your posture.
Additionally, one can perform a chest stretch which involves standing shoulder-width apart and shoulder back and down.
The next step is to interlock the fingers behind your back, with the palms facing upwards.
From that point forward, draw the shoulders back and down, keeping the arms straight – without arching the back.
You should be able to feel a stretch across the chest and front of the shoulders when performing this move.