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
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.