LSVT BIG® is derived from the LSVT LOUD® program where patients with speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease, use increasing vocal volume to help treat the disorders. Sixteen, one-hour sessions spread over four weeks with a Speech Therapist, is the standard time for this program. The principals of LSVT LOUD® are applied to LSVT BIG®, albiet using the motion of the body versus the voice. In this treatment, a Physical Therapist trains the patient in increased amplitude of limb and body movement, known as Bigness. This treatment in people with Parkinson’s disease has documented improvements in amplitude (trunk rotation/gait) that generalized to improved speed (upper/lower limbs), balance, and quality of life. The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life.
Who is a good candidate for the LSVT BIG® program?
Anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is a good candidate for the LSVT BIG® program.
How long does the LSVT BIG® program take?
Four, one-hour sessions a week, for four weeks with a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, is the standard time for this program.