BIG MOVEMENTS FOR BIG IMPROVEMENTS IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE SYMPTOMS

A progressive neurological disorder, Parkinson’s disease can affect the quality of every move you make. It can make you move more slowly, take smaller steps and cause tremors.

LSVT BIG, an intensive therapy program, helps patients with Parkinson’s disease reduce their symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. The specially designed program helps you improve your balance, move faster and make larger motions.

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WHAT IS LSVT BIG?

Created by Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Global, a group dedicated to therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients, the LSVT Big program uses specialized physical therapy techniques. The techniques require patients to make big, whole-body movements over and over.

Throughout therapy, patients perform exercises like:

  • Lunging far out to the side

  • Sweeping their arms forwards and backwards

  • Rocking back and forth from heel to toe

  • Taking large steps

The program is made specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. It uses the latest research to improve symptoms of the condition.

HOW DO THESE EXERCISES HELP WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE?

LSVT BIG exercises increase range of motion and cause patient to use all their muscles, from head to toe. The intensive therapy can:

  • Improve flexibility

  • Help patient take bigger steps, speeding up walking

  • Strengthen abdominal muscles, which improves balance

According to studies, physical therapy can also reduce depression and anxiety for patients with Parkinson’s disease, contributing to a higher quality of life.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND LSVT BIG THERAPY?

Anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can take part in LSVT BIG therapy, whether or not you currently show symptoms.

HOW LONG DOES LSVT BIG THERAPY LAST?

An LSVT BIG program takes place in one month. It includes 16 hour-long, one-on-one sessions.  

You will also have exercised to perform at home every day throughout and even after therapy. Performing these exercises helps you achieve better results. Many patients also attend follow-up therapy sessions once or twice per year after the initial program.

You should see long-term benefits from the LSVT Big program. As long as you continue to perform daily, at-home exercises, you should continue to see positive effects. If you start to experience symptoms or feel that you are slowing down, you should speak to your physician and physical therapist.

DO STUDIES SUPPORT USING LSVT BIG THERAPY?

2010 research study showed that patients who take LSVT big therapy have higher motor scores in testing and are able to walk faster. A 2015 study also found that patients had improved mobility.

At Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy we are committed to helping call us today to schedule appointments.  512 261-0620

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