This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease by using large amplitude-based exercises for re-education of the sensorimotor system. LSVT was developed in 1987 using larger movements to recalibrate the brain’s perception of movement size which reduces with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG is the only evidence-based treatment protocol for Parkinson’s patients.
- 16 one-hour sessions, 4 days per week for 4 weeks with one-on-one instruction. Programs are tailored to each person’s specific needs. Homework is to be completed daily.
- All exercises are modeled by the therapist with the patient and then completed with the therapist correcting the form.
- BIG walking is completed at each session in various settings to simulate community ambulation. The focus is on arm swing, increasing endurance and safety.
- Functional tasks are addressed at each session determined by the patient’s individual need.
As the brain begins to recalibrate the size of movement, the patient is better able to move with more “normal” movements. Once the program is completed, the patient is provided with an ongoing home exercise program. With diligence, patients see an improvement in the quality of movement.
Ongoing studies consistently show the positive effect of exercise on slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.