Occupational Therapy for Bradykinesia

Common Difficulties associated with Bradykinesia

Bradykinesia refers to slowness of movement, and it is a key feature of various neurological and movement disorders, most notably Parkinson's disease. Common difficulties associated with bradykinesia include:

Difficulty Initiating Movements

Reduced Arm Swing


Facial Expression Changes

Freezing of Gait

Difficulty with Turning

Impaired Fine Motor Skills

Difficulty Performing Sequential Tasks

Hypomimia (Reduced Facial Expression)

Challenges with Activities of Daily Living

How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) can play a significant role in helping individuals with bradykinesia, which is characterized by slowness of movement. While bradykinesia is often associated with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, it can also occur due to other neurological or musculoskeletal issues. Occupational therapists focus on improving a person's ability to perform daily activities and enhance their overall quality of life. Here are ways occupational therapy can help with bradykinesia:

Functional Assessment

Task Analysis

Adaptive Techniques

Range of Motion Exercises

Strength Training

Cognitive Strategies

Environmental Modifications

Task-Specific Training

Education and Training

Monitoring and Adjustment