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LSVT BIG® for Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease? 

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. Some common results from this disorder can include tremors, slowing of movement and rigidity with movement. Parkinson’s Disease can also have an effect on a person’s speech, a loss of automatic movements including blinking, smiling or arm swing during walking.

 

What are the common physical challenges people with Parkinson’s face in day-to-day life?

Some of the most common physical challenges a person with Parkinson’s faces day to day include difficulty walking, typically resulting in a slow, shuffled gait pattern.  Parkinson’s disease also can have an effect on a person’s ability to perform daily task which can included buttoning a shirt, putting on a jacket or even getting up from a chair in their home.

 

What is LSVT BIG® technique and why/how is it different from other PT programs for Parkinson’s.

LSVT BIG® is a research-based exercise approach developed from the principles on Parkinson’s speech specific program LSVT LOUD®. LSVT BIG® treatment trains for amplitude (bigger movements), drives for high intensity and repetitive practice and teaches the amount of effort needed for normal movements. LSVT BIG ® treatment consists of 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks. Sessions are individual for 1 hour and include daily homework practice and carry over exercise.