What is LSVT BIG?
LSVT BIG is a research-based protocol designed to target the challenges that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease face in the daily lives. LSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment which was first developed in 1987 to 1989 at the Lee Silverman Center for Parkinson’s in Scottdale Arizona as a speech therapy treatment. They had excellent results and then applied the same concept to physical activities. The LSVT Big was then developed and has been researched by the Michael J Fox Foundation and the NIH to enhance this research and evidence-based treatment protocol. This treatment technique is used globally now.
What to expect with LSVT BIG Treatment?
This program is an intensive program that consists of being seen in the clinic 4 times per week for 4 weeks. There are 7 basic exercises that everyone completes with their treatment and in their home exercise program. There are 5 basic tasks that are geared towards the problems that are most concerning to the patient and then an overall goal to improve a functional task. Each treatment program is designed specifically for the patient based on their current status, needs and goals.