Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease Treatment

Lake Regional Physical Therapists are certified to offer LSVT BIG, an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.  LSVT BIG helps individuals with Parkinson’s Disease move better. Potential gains include faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance and increased trunk rotation.

Because people with Parkinson’s Disease tend to move slowly and with smaller motions, it’s common for them to shuffle or freeze while walking, and falls are also an issue. In most cases, movement problems can be overcome temporarily when patients are “cued” or prompted — either by themselves or by another person or thing — to move better, for example, “take a big step” or “stand up straight.”  

Traditional physiotherapy for Parkinson’s generally aims to improve flexibility, strength or balance to help actions like getting up from a chair, turning over in bed or walking. This traditional approach breaks down each action but requires patients to remember multiple instructions for each movement goal. LSVT patients simply focus on one goal — to think big.  

LSVT-certified therapists deliver the program in 16 one-on-one, hour-long sessions throughout four weeks. The therapists model movements and also assign homework.  

Services are available at the Lake Regional Rehab Therapy in Lake Ozark and Laurie.

If you think you might benefit from LSVT BIG, talk to your doctor. A physician’s order is required for the therapy. To make an appointment at the Lake Ozark clinic, call 573-964-6010. To make an appointment at the Laurie clinic, call 573-374-8885.