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LSVT BIG and Parkinson’s

LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to use their bodies more normally.  People living with PD or other neurological conditions (stroke, MS, FND) often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed, and with other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from a sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care, and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them.

Because LSVT BIG treatment is customized to each person’s specific needs and goals, it can help regardless of the stage or severity of your condition. That said, the treatment may be most effective in the early or middle stages of your condition when you can both improve function and potentially slow further symptom progression. Beginning your work with LSVT BIG before you’ve noticed significant problems with balance, mobility or posture will often lead to the best results, but it’s never too late to start. LSVT BIG can produce significant improvements even for people facing considerable physical difficulties.

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LSVT BIG is an intensive, effective, one-on-one treatment over a one-month period:

One-hour sessions
Four sessions per week
Four weeks in a row
Daily homework and carryover exercises

Through these sessions, LSVT BIG treatment trains people to increase the size (amplitude) of their movements from head to toe.

LSVT BIG treatment is delivered one-on-one and is tailored to each person’s own abilities and goals so that they work towards what’s meaningful to them.

It requires (and can only be given by) an LSVT BIG Certified Clinician as part of prescribed physical or occupational therapy.

Its holistic approach addresses not only movement issues but also takes into account non-motor symptoms including emotional changes and cognitive changes.

Its sessions are based on the most effective, evidence-based strategies for learning and neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change).

It’s designed to help people apply what they learn in treatment sessions to more comfortable, confident movements in everyday life beyond treatment sessions.

With one month of hard work, LSVT BIG can open doors to a more active and independent life.

The video link below shows our certified Physiotherapist, Dr. Cary Morin, with one of his programme graduates.

If you have any questions, give us a call and Dr. Morin can help you decide if you would benefit from this programme.