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There are up to 8 million people worldwide that are living with Parkinson’s Disease. While there have been great advancements in medication and other medical treatments to help treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, regular exercise is considered a primary treatment in maintaining the highest level of function, mobility and independence in daily life. Glinn and Giordano Physical Therapy delivers specialized Parkinson’s care utilizing the LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG protocol that has been researched and developed over the past 25 years. Research on LSVT BIG has been documented to improve motor functioning in people with Parkinson disease resulting in faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, and improved ability to perform activities of daily living.
The program consists of 5 key principles:
4. Saliency (memorable/uniqueness of movement)
Though Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, research has linked a decrease in disease progression with daily high intensity exercise in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. It is important to incorporate movement complexity and repetition in order to create greater brain change, while saliency and specificity practice results in rewarding and meaningful tasks to the individual and activates circuits in the brains Basil Ganglia.
Glinn and Giordano Physical Therapy offers the LSVT BIG Protocol at our southwest location with our certified BIG Physical Therapist and team of experts. Individual assessment is always performed to ensure the best approach is taken for you.
- Range of motion (ROM)
- Endurance or stamina
- Improved walking
- Improved transfers
- Bed mobility
- Starting and stopping movement when you want
- Movement calibration
- Healthier brain cells
- Community involvement