What is LSVT Big?
LSVT BIG is a program designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease to encourage them to use their body more normally.
One feature of PD is a smallness and slowness of movement. Meaning that a movement that may feel normal is in fact much smaller and/or slower. This can affect everyday tasks such as walking, handwriting, getting dressed (such as buttons and zips) and getting up and down off chairs. LSVT BIG challenges this by encouraging participants to THINK BIG!
Whats does the program involve?
LSVT BIG is a one-on-one intensive program of 1-hour sessions, 4 times a week for 4 weeks. There is also a home exercise program of LSVT exercises to be performed daily.
The exercises in LSVT BIG use the whole body and encourage large movements of your arms, legs and trunk. These exercises can be modified and adjusted to each individual’s function, capacity and specific needs and goals.
How does it help?
Research shows LSVT treatment can lead to faster walking speeds, improved step length, improved balance and, allows participants to recognize when their movements are slower or smaller than they think.
LSVT BIG is designed to help people apply what they have learned to be more confident and comfortable in everyday life scenarios.
Is this the right program for me?
LSVT BIG is just one of many treatment options available to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Your therapist will help you determine if this is the right program for you