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At last! A Remarkable Breakthrough for Parkinson's Disease Freezing: The GaitAid Virtual Walker
Date:8/23/2009

The GaitAid is an effective home treatment empowering Parkinson's patient to free themselves of freezing - often from the first step.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 23, 2009 -- Freezing of Gait (FOG) is an often incapacitating symptom common in Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's patients experiencing FOG feel as if their feet are glued to the floor. Will power to keep moving has no effect, leaving the Parkinson's patient frozen in place. The associated physical and psychosocial consequences have a great impact on the patients' quality of life, and injuries are common as the end result is often falling.

Neurologists prescribe pharmaceuticals commonly causing an array of side effects including mood changes and hallucinations. Furthermore, at advanced stages, FOGs are resistant to treatment with medications.

The resultant loss of independence and treatment costs of injuries add substantially to the health care expenditures associated with Parkinson's disease.

Doctors have known for over 50 years that Parkinson's patients suffering from FOG can walk almost normally when certain visual cues are placed in their path. The use of tranverse lines drawn on the floor have been studied extensively with good results.

Some challenges have kept this treatment strategy from leaving the clinical study setting:
1. The requirement of drawing cues on the ground in the patient's own environment.
2. The distance between the visual cues needs to be regularly adjusted to be appropriate for different ways of walking during different parts of the day and at different days.

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