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LSVT Big for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disease. Some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease include: Shuffling gait, tremor, difficult starting or stopping movements, slow movements, small movements, and/or freezing.

Advances in neuroscience have provided evidence supporting the positive impact of exercise-based protocols in people with PD. LSVT BIG is a research based exercise program to train individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions to use bigger movements in everyday life, walk better, and, improve balance. LSVT stands of Lee Silverman Voice Training. LSVT BIG is developed from principles of the effective Parkinson’s specific speech treatment LSVT LOUD. LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Programs are research-based exercise approaches which have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 20 years.

LVST treatments are delivered by certified physical or occupational therapist consisting of a total of 16 sessions with 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks. Each session will be one hour followed by daily homework practice and exercises.

The treatment is tailor to each individuals needs and goals, which maybe:

  • Keeping up with your friends and family when walking
  • Putting on a coat or jacket easier
  • Picking up items up off the floor
  • Improving your handwriting
  • Getting in and out of the bath
  • Move easier at home and outside
  • Getting back into your hobbies

LSVT BIG treatments teaches the amount of effort required to produce normal movements, translate bigger movements into everyday activities. It is designed to drive intensive and high-effort practice which training a single target of amplitude (bigger movements).

LSVT is designed to establish a lifelong habit of BIG movements. LSVT BIG treatment will empower people with Parkinson’s Disease with their potential to improve.

Sutton Place Physical Therapy is currently offering LSVG BIG treatment. We have two certified physical therapists in LSVT BIG. Call us today to find out more information and schedule an evaluation.