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  • Parker Chronicle Article

    LSVT Therapy brings neurology patients hope


    Parker Adventist Hospital now offers LSVT LOUD™ and LSVT BIG™ Programs (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) for people with neurologic disorders. These are research-based exercise approaches which have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 20 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Speech therapists can help improve voice quality and projection while Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy help with balance and improved motor control.

    LSVT certified rehabilitation therapists (PT, OT and SP) will complete an evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders in order to improve their daily functioning. Therapy should be 4 days/wk for 4 weeks in order to ensure success. For more information, please check out the LSVT Global website.

    LSVT BIG Therapy

    LSVT BIG therapy can help people with neurologic disorders to improve their movement. This technique often yields measurable results within the first hour of treatment and over time it not only helps patients to improve their movement; it also helps them to build confidence in themselves.

    Adapted from the principles behind the successful Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, LSVT BIG therapy includes repetitive, exaggerated movements that increase dopamine production in the brain and recalibrate muscle function. This helps to counteract the slow movement - bradykinesia - that is one of the main motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

    BIG therapy can also benefit patients whose motor function has been affected by other conditions, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. For best results, LSVT BIG should be incorporated into treatment at the time of diagnosis, instead of waiting until loss of function becomes pronounced.

    Our speech-language pathologists certified in LSVT can help patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurologic disorders so speak with confidence and clarity. Through intensive voice exercises, this method teaches patients to be aware sensory feedback from their voice and increase the volumes and variation of their speech.

    LSVT certified rehabilitation therapists (PT, OT and SP) will complete an evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders in order to improve their daily functioning. Therapy should be 4 days/wk for 4 weeks in order to ensure success. For more information, please check out the LSVT Global website.

    Why LSVT and BIG Therapy?

    Recent advances in neuroscience have suggested that exercise-based behavioral treatments may improve function and possibly slow progression of motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Programs for individuals with PD have been developed and researched over the past 20 years beginning with a focus on the speech motor system (LSVT LOUD) and more recently have been extended to address limb motor systems (LSVT BIG). The unique aspects of the LSVT Programs include the combination of (a) an exclusive target on increasing amplitude (loudness in the speech motor system; bigger movements in the limb motor system), (b) a focus on sensory recalibration to help patients recognize that movements with increased amplitude are within normal limits, even if they feel "too loud" or "too big," and (c) training self-cueing and attention to action to facilitate long-term maintenance of treatment outcomes.

    To schedule an appointment or to learn more call 303-269-4590.

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