LSVT-BIG is an innovative physical/occupational therapy program that helps to increase strength, motor learning, and changes in brain function in individuals with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. Each treatment focuses on the production of large amplitude whole body functional movements.
The method was developed following rigorous research funded by the National Institutes of Health. More than 20 years worth of research documents showed improved ratings on motor function tests following treatment for Parkinson's Disease patients.
These improvements include:
Faster walking with bigger steps
Increased trunk rotation
LSVT-BIG therapy includes:
16 sessions: four consecutive days a week for four weeks
Individual one hour sessions
Daily homework practice
Daily carryover exercises
Parkinson's disease affects approximately 6.3 million people worldwide. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease involve motor control, which is the ability to control your muscles and movement. As Parkinson's disease progresses, it becomes increasingly disabling, making daily activities like bathing or dressing difficult or impossible. LSVT-BIG can teach those living with Parkinson's Disease how to avoid inactivity and ease movement while being engaged in everyday activities. - Leading to an improved quality of life.