I've seen on YouTube various clips and read articles on the Internet about Nordic Walking Poles. Many Parkinson's patients are finding these a great benefit in helping improve their posture, gait and overall movement. I was kindly given a set of these poles, and much to the amusement of my family, I ungainly attempted to walk the length of the corridor in our house. With little co-ordination I was unable to copy what I had seen others doing, that appeared so simple. It’s all very well giving my family a good laugh, and I'm sure I must have looked quite a sight, but I failed miserably, looking like a disjointed robot, stiff and unsure of each step.
However, the other day my sister-in-law came to the rescue, and helped me first of all adjust the poles to the right height, so my arms are at right angles to my body, and then suggested I try concentrating on one side at a time, before using both poles together. I tried her idea, and dragged one pole along the floor, whilst I concentrated on my right side, saying "right" out loud, as I took each step and moved the pole forward in my left hand as I moved my right foot. When I got to the end of the corridor, I swapped sides, so now focused on saying "left" I moved the pole on my right side as I walked. Once I have mastered each side by itself, I will hopefully be able to put both together and use the poles as they should be. I could already see that my posture straightened up as I walked with the poles, so will persevere and hopefully see some improvement.