For Parkinson's Disease patients

For Parkinson's Disease patients

For Parkinson's Disease patients

The BIG and LOUD program is a specialized form of physical therapy designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease. It consists of two components: the LSVT BIG program and the LSVT LOUD program. Here's an overview of these programs and how they can benefit individuals with Parkinson's disease:

  1. LSVT BIG Program: The LSVT BIG program focuses on improving movement and function in individuals with Parkinson's disease. It involves intensive, high-amplitude exercises and movement patterns that target specific motor impairments associated with Parkinson's, such as bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity, and reduced coordination.

LSVT BIG is administered by physical therapists who are certified in the program. The therapy sessions typically involve one-on-one sessions that last for about an hour, four days a week, over a period of four weeks. During these sessions, the therapist will guide you through a series of exercises and movements designed to improve balance, gait, posture, and overall mobility.

The goal of LSVT BIG is to retrain the brain to produce more normal movement patterns, increase amplitude and range of motion, and improve daily functional activities. The program emphasizes the use of exaggeration and effort to carry over the benefits of therapy into everyday life.

  1. LSVT LOUD Program: The LSVT LOUD program focuses on improving vocal loudness and communication in individuals with Parkinson's disease. It targets the common speech and voice problems associated with Parkinson's, such as reduced vocal loudness, monotone voice, and hoarseness.

Similar to LSVT BIG, LSVT LOUD is administered by speech-language pathologists who are certified in the program. It involves intensive, individual therapy sessions that are typically delivered four times a week over four weeks. During these sessions, the therapist will guide you through a series of vocal exercises, functional phrases, and conversation exercises aimed at improving vocal loudness and clarity.

The goal of LSVT LOUD is to recalibrate the voice and improve speech intelligibility, vocal quality, and overall communication. It emphasizes the use of effort and exaggeration to carry over the benefits of therapy into everyday communication situations.

Both the LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs are evidence-based and have shown positive results in improving motor function and communication in individuals with Parkinson's disease. They focus on intensive and repetitive exercises that aim to drive neuroplasticity and promote long-lasting changes in movement and speech.

If you are interested in participating in the BIG and LOUD program, it is recommended to seek out certified physical therapists and speech-language pathologists who are trained in LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD respectively. They can provide a comprehensive assessment and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

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