Therapy for Parkinson’s Gets BIG and LOUD

It is common for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to experience communication difficulties and decreased mobility that may impair their ability to stay independent.

Innovative methods of therapy, LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®, are clinically-proven methods available to help Parkinson’s patients regain and strengthen these functions.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) reports that 89 percent of patients experience speech problems leading to declining communication and many tend to have a quiet voice with difficulty projecting.

LSVT LOUD, a method used by speech therapists, improves the voice and speech with intensive therapy sessions over a period of a month, and patients receive required homework, too. The focus is on boosting vocal loudness to improve communication. LSVT Global reports 80 percent of patients maintain improvements 12-24 months after treatments.

As patients progress with the disease, walking and balance can also become more challenging. Along the same lines as boosting vocal loudness, the LSVT BIG concept focuses on making bigger movements to improve movement quality.

Patients with PD often take smaller, slower steps, but with prompting and training over an intensive one-month period, the patient focuses on exaggerated, bigger movements. The results have been faster walking, better balance, ease of movement and mobility.

Hillcrest Physical Therapy is certified in these programs along with geriatric and balance therapy specializations. For more information, call (402) 682-4210.