Five Ways to Help Muscle Stiffness in Parkinson’s Disease

If your muscles often feel stiff and uncomfortable, you’re not alone. “Rigidity, or stiffness, is one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s,” says Rachel Dolhun, MD, a movement disorders specialist at The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Stiffness can be uncomfortable and painful to deal with when trying to perform everyday activities, from getting up and cleaning to relaxing and sleeping. The discomfort and frustration from the inability to complete these tasks can contribute to other symptoms, such as fatigue and insomnia.

Our community shared the remedies that have helped them relieve rigidity.

1. Move more during the day. Increasing everyday movement can help improve motor symptoms, which in turn helps prevent stiff muscles. If you need any motivation or ideas, try these tips from our community on how to get more motion in your day. 

 

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