LSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. LSVT BIG was designed to address movement deficiencies in those that suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. Our Physical therapists work with you to increase limb and body movement “Get Big”
What is LSVT and how does it help Parkinson’s disease?
It involves the concept of neuroplasticity which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This approach aims to address the “internal” aspects of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, leading to significant functional improvements.
LSVT-BIG protocol is where patients are shown specific exercises that involve large amplitude, exaggerated movement patterns, leading to smoother, larger, safer movements and improved quality of life.
Treatments delivered by LSVT-certified clinicians consist of the following:
- Four LSVT-LOUD or LSVT-BIG sessions a week, for four consecutive weeks
- Sessions are individual one-hour treatment sessions
- Daily homework practice (all 30 days of the month)
- Daily carryover assignments (all 30 days of the month)
The goal of all of this work is that patients will learn to use their “big movements” automatically, in everyday living. This will be a result of long term carry-over of the amplitude training. By maintaining larger movements, patients will move better, with more confidence and safety. LSVT BIG can help improve the quality of life and potentially reduce the burden of care for people with Parkinson’s Disease.