What is LSVT BIG?
LSVT BIG is a breakthrough treatment to combat the impact that Parkinson Disease(PD) has on movement patterns. LSVT BIG has been developed and scientifically researched over the past 20 years with funding from the National Institute of Health. Research on LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on test of motor functioning in people with PD following treatment.
The most common improvements seen in the patients who have gone through the LSVT BIG program include being able to walk faster as well as taking much bigger steps. They have also shown to have improved balance which helps not only with movements around the house, but also when out in public. There has also been a documented improvement in the trunk rotation, which helps improve the speed and ability to perform many activities that we do on a daily basis.
LSVT BIG is delivered by our certified LSVT BIG physical therapist, Piper Pluckhan. Piper was first introduced to the LSVT BIG program by our local neurologist, Dr. Kouyoumdjian. Dr. “K” shared with Piper not only the success of the LSVT BIG therapy with her patients in the past, but also the need for a certified therapist in the South County region. Currently, Piper is the only certified LSVT BIG therapist in the entire Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister area.
Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (one hour individualized treatment session for four consecutive days a weeks for four consecutive weeks). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson disease. 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!
Start exercising NOW – as soon as possible. Physicians rarely refer their patients to health and fitness programs at diagnosis because medications are very effective early on at alleviating most of the symptoms, and some patients experience little change in function. Yet, according to a recent survey it is at the time of diagnosis that patients often begin to consider lifestyle changes and seek education about conventional and complementary/alternative treatment options. Thus referrals to exercise, wellness programs and physical/occupational therapy would be best initiated at diagnosis, when it may have the most impact on quality of life.
BOTTOM LINE: Get started with LSVT BIG as soon as you can!
The LSVT BIG Program:
The LSVT BIG program is a standardized treatment program which means that every patient will go through a similar process consisting of:
- 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
- Individual 1 hour sessions with our certified therapist Piper Pluckhan
- Daily homework practice
- Daily carryover exercises which are designed to improve everyday activities which the patient is having difficulty with
- Follow-up assessments at 1, 3, and 6 month intervals following the initial program
LSVT BIG will help you establish a life-long habit of moving BIG!
LSVT BIG treatment:
- Trains you to use bigger movements
- Drives you to increase the intensity and effort in your movements
- Teaches you the amount of effort required to produce normal movements
- Translates bigger movements into real-world, everyday activities
- Empowers people with PD to have a larger potential to improve
LSVT BIG will teach you how to avoid inactivity and keep your movements ALIVE during everyday activities. It will help you participate fully and improve the quality of your life!
CLICK HERE to watch the personal journey of an LSVT BIG Client who is determined to fight Parkinson disease!
CLICK HERE to view the amazing progress of Mr. Channing who successfully completed LSVT BIG. Watch until the end to enjoy a vocal performance as well!
CLICK HERE to watch the before and after treatment of an LSVT BIG Graduate!