Parkinson’s disease, gait, and Nordic walking

Does Nordic walking immediately improve gait in Parkinson’s patients?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurodegenerative disorders and presents with several functionally limiting motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, reduced postural stability, rigidity, and altered gait dynamics. Altered gait characteristics include a reduced gait speed, shorter stride length, reduced arm swing and increased step cadence. Nordic walking has previously been shown as effective at improving postural stability and walking distance in PD patients, however, its specific and immediate effects on gait dynamics have not been described in detail. 


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