Freezing, moving and cueing: understanding gait and Parkinson's
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In this episode, we explore gait impairment – a common symptom of Parkinson’s that can involve slowness, muscle stiffness and freezing – and how it impacts people living with the condition.

Our first guest is David Little, who lives in Carlisle, UK. Having previously worked as a firefighter, David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2005. David has experienced first-hand the effects of gait impairment in his day-to-day life and says he’s keen to challenge the misconceptions that can surround the condition.

He is joined by Martina Mancini from Italy, who works as an assistant professor in the neurology department at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, in Oregon, US. Martina has worked on numerous studies about gait impairment – and has also investigated the role wearable devices can play in treatment.

David and Martina discuss what causes gait impairment, share advice on managing these symptoms – and explore how current research is addressing this topic.

This episode was funded by Charco Neurotech, the company behind CUE1 – a wearable medical device designed to help alleviate gait impairment and support movement in people with Parkinson’s.

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