A characteristic symptom of Parkinson’s disease marked by forward-sloping shoulders and limited upper body movement during walking. Stooped posture is one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s but often is not linked with Parkinson’s until other symptoms begin to emerge. In older people stooping sometimes is dismissed as a postural change reflecting aging. As
Parkinson’s progresses the forward inclination of the upper body advances. It develops as a consequence of rigidity, or changes in muscle tone that cause the muscle fibers to shorten and the muscles to resist movement. This rigidity holds the muscles in tense, somewhat contracted postures. It can cause discomfort, interferes with balance and the postural righting reflex, and restricts breathing as it limits movement of the chest muscles and diaphragm. The same process causes the arms to bend and the hands to adopt clawlike positioning. Although stretching exercises can help to relieve some of the rigidity, it and the postures it causes are involuntary. anti-parkinson’s medications relieve stooped posture as they relieve other motor symptoms.
One easy exercise nearly everyone with Parkinson’s disease can do is to stand with hands on the hips. This position inherently straightens the spine, stretching the muscles of the back and the chest. Raising the hands simultaneously and extending them upward over the head also help to stretch muscles. This action relieves discomforts that often arise from the unnatural positions the body tends to take, and it maintains flexibility and range of MOTION.