LSVT BIG – a specialised movement programme for people with Parkinson’s disease offered exclusively in Canterbury by On the Go Physio
LSVT® BIG is an exercise treatment programme for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is based on the principle that the brain can learn and change (neuroplasticity). It has been formulated from an existing programme to help with speech for people with PD called the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). Research on LSVT use over the last 15 years has shown that it results in improvements in speech intelligibility and voice loudness. LSVT BIG works on the same principle, using a single therapy focus (BIGNESS of movement) to improve movement quality in PD.
People with PD have trouble moving normally. Their movements are usually slower and smaller and they may shuffle or freeze when they walk. Some experience falls and problems with their balance. For most, movement problems can be overcome temporarily when they are “cued” or prompted (either by themselves or by another person or thing) to move better (i.e. “take a big step”, “stand up straight”).
The aim of the intensive LSVT BIG training is improve people’s ability to make bigger movements. These movements can then be generalized for different functional activities and situations. Initial results of research show that LSVT BIG training leads to:
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. In LSVT, patients simply focus on one goal, to think BIG!
LSVT BIG is delivered by a specially trained physiotherapist over 16 therapy sessions (four sessions a week for four weeks). Participants are encouraged to perform a variety of BIG movements with BIG effort in a series of specifically designed exercises. The focus on one therapy goal (BIGNESS) makes it is easier for patients to participate in this intensive programme.
On the Go Physio is proud to be the first service in NZ to offer the LSVT BIG programme. We are currently the only service in Canterbury that can provide the programme. Like all On the Go Physio programmes, this service is delivered in a client’s own home. Please contact us for full details and to book an LSVT BIG programme. If you feel you may not cope with the intensive programme we can still provide an initial assessment and discuss options with you.
To find LSVT BIG registered practitioners outside of Canterbury see www.lsvt.co.nz.
The base price of the LSVT BIG programme is $1980. This includes the 16 treatment sessions as well as an initial assessment and a follow up visit on completion. Depending on your home location there may be additional travel charges.
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