LSVT is a form of treatment for people with Parkinson’s Disease to allow them to regain function and normalcy.

Recently principles of LSVT LOUD® were applied to limb movement in people with Parkinson’s disease (LSVT BIG®) and have been documented to be effective in the short term. Specifically, training increased the amplitude of limb and body movement (Bigness) in people with Parkinson’s disease has documented improvements in amplitude (trunk rotation/gait) that generalized to improved speed (upper/lower limbs), balance, and quality of life.

LSVT BIG is delivered by a qualified physical therapist. Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60-minute sessions per week). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The LSVT BIG protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life!

Start the LSVT BIG program NOW – as soon as possible. Physicians rarely refer their patients to physical therapy programs at diagnosis because medications are very effective early on at alleviating most of the symptoms, and patients experience little change in function. Yet, according to a recent survey, it is at the time of diagnosis that patients often begin to consider lifestyle changes and seek education about conventional and complementary/alternative treatment options. Thus referrals to exercise, wellness programs and physical/occupational therapy would be best initiated at diagnosis, when it may have the most impact on the quality of life.

Contact us, Dynamic Health Physical Therapy and Wellness, in Avon, CT to set up an appointment for LSVT BIG and to have your questions answered by one of our certified and experienced physical therapists in the LSVT BIG program. We offer both the program and a maintenance program that previous patients attend, continuing and maintaining their progress. It can also be a good opportunity to meet and speak with people with the same challenges.