An app for anyone with Parkinson’s disease who has walking or gait problems. It is a tool for physiotherapists to use with their patients to help reduce freezing of gait (freezing during walking) by using a method called rhythmic auditory stimulation.
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This app is most useful for people with Parkinson’s who are freezing during walking. The app should be used under the guidance of a physiotherapist trained in the treatment of movement disorders. The app uses rhythmical auditory cueing therapy, which uses steady beats of music to help people with Parkinson's manage gait problems such as stride length, balance and walking speed.
It has a selection of original songs that have been chosen to fit a wide cross-section of musical tastes, and the playback of these songs can be adjusted to suit the individual patient. The type of music, the tempo and length of programme can easily be tailored to the individual's needs and their ability level. Use of the app is more suited to early to mid-disease stage, where cueing and physiotherapy intervention are more likely to be beneficial. It is less suited to people who have moderate or severe freezing.
✔ Large button for play and pause.
✘ Can’t be linked to wearable technology.
Date of review: May 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 65 MB
Updated on: 12/3/2019
- Pieter G, Evelien N, Alice N, Elke H. Cueing for people with Parkinson’s disease with freezing of gait: a narrative review of the state-of-the-art and novel perspectives. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 2018;61(6):407–13.
- Kadivar Z, Corcos DM, Foto J, Hondzinski JM. Effect of Step Training and Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on Functional Performance in Parkinson Patients. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2011 Sep;25(7):626–35.
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