mirror– The small device delivers an impulse to a nerve in the neck that may stimulate a chemical needed for balance and mobility.
Called gammaCore, it could revolutionise Parkinson’s care as people with the condition suffer difficulties with walking, broken bones from falls or are forced into an isolated lifestyle.
The non-invasive hand-held device could boost the production of acetylcholine, which is reduced in sufferers.
The chemical is said to stimulate the vagus nerve, which, among others things, helps with balance.
Geriatrician Dr Alison Yarnall, of Newcastle University, is leading a 12-week trial of the device.
She said: “We hope it will help improve walking.