Lake Regional Speech-Language Pathologist Laura Davis, CCC-SLP, has received certification from LSVT LOUD, a speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions.
In addition to exercises, the treatment includes sensory awareness training to help individuals with Parkinson's disease recognize that their voice is too soft.
"I'm excited to offer this speech therapy to our patients," Davis said. "LSVT LOUD helps individuals with Parkinson's disease speak with better volume and more clarity. It also helps improve facial expression and swallowing."
LSVT LOUD improves vocal loudness by exercising the muscles involved in speech, including those of the voice box (larynx). Focused on a single goal — "Speak LOUD!" — the treatment improves respiratory, voice box and articulatory function to maximize speech clarity. The treatment does not train people for shouting or yelling. Rather, LSVT LOUD uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.
"An important part of treatment is convincing patients that the louder volume is within normal limits," Davis said. "They must be comfortable with their louder voice before they will work to use it."
Treatment is administered in 16 sessions scheduled in four weeks (four individual 60-minute sessions per week). This intense schedule is critical to attaining optimal results.
LSVT LOUD has been successfully administered to individuals in all stages of Parkinson's disease. It has been most effective among those who are in early or middle stages of the condition. Select individuals with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy have also received LSVT LOUD with positive outcomes.
LSVT Global also has a physical therapy program, LSVT BIG, that helps people with Parkinson's disease move better. Lake Regional Physical Therapist Holly Sabourin provides LSVT BIG at the Lake Ozark clinic.
If you think you might benefit from LSVT LOUD or LSVT BIG, talk to your doctor. A physician's order is required for these therapies.
Lake Regional therapists specialize in helping patients achieve their goal of returning to normal function, in the workplace, home and on the field of athletic competition. Therapists treat a variety of orthopedic, sports, arthritic and neurological conditions. Specialties include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Inpatient care is provided at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. Outpatient services are conveniently located in Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. Learn more at www.lakeregional.com.