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Parkinson's Disease LSVT Therapy

Parkinson's Disease LSVT Therapy

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disorder of the brain that impairs a person’s ability to move. If you’re concerned about managing your symptoms, a structured exercise program may be just what you need.

Parkinson's Therapy - Big and Loud: Don't Lose It! Use It! And Improve It!

LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) therapy uses innovative and clinically-proven methods for improving communication and movement in people with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Communication and mobility are key elements in quality of life. Our Big and Loud program can help people with Parkinson's disease maintain confidence and a positive self-concept as they deal with the challenges of the disease. It has given many individuals with Parkinson's disease new hope for improved communication and mobility for work, family and social activities.

What is LSVT Big?

LSVT Big (physical/occupational therapy) focuses on increased amplitude of limb and body movement, especially trunk rotation. It can teach those living with Parkinson's disease how to avoid inactivity and improve ease of movement while engaged in everyday activities, improving their quality of life.

BIG outcomes

    Faster Walking with Bigger Steps
  • Improved Balance
  • Improved Ability to Do Everyday Tasks
parkinson's big loud workout

What is LSVT Loud?

LSVT Loud (speech therapy) is considered the"gold standard" in treating speech disorders for people with Parkinson's disease and has demonstrated improved speech and facial movement. Each patient identifies 10 phrases that they want to be able to say on a daily basis and works towards those goals.

Loud outcomes include:

  • Improved Vocal Quality
  • Improved Speech Intelligibility
  • Better Facial Expression.

How Does it Work?

LSVT Big and Loud certified clinicians guide the patient in relearning skills-everything from writing and pushing a grocery cart to drinking a cup of coffee and golfing.

Treatment consists of:

  • 16 Sessions: 4 days a week for 4 weeks
  • Individual one-hour sessions
  • Daily carry-over exercises and practice at home.

LSVT can help you establish a life-long habit of Big and Loud practice! Admission to the program is by physician referral and requires a physician order.

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Falling?

    Make rooms safer:

    • Pick up throw rugs and extension cords that can be trip hazards
    • Remove clutter to allow for a clear path

    Use adaptive equipment:

    • Install railings on stairs
    • Install grab bars in your bathroom
    • Use a cane or walker for balance and safety

    Dress for success:

    • Wear supportive, well-fitting shoes (no flip flops or slip on sandals)
    • Sit in a chair to dress rather than on the edge of the bed

    Other tips:

    • Start your exercise program as soon as you are diagnosed and before limitations progress
    • Exercise daily and include stretching, strengthening and balance exercises
    • Stand tall and look where you are walking and not down at your feet

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