LSVT BIG® for Parkinson's

LSVT BIG® is an intensive, amplitude-focused physical and occupational therapy approach that has been developed from principles of the effective Parkinson’s-specific speech treatment: LSVT LOUD®.

Each of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Programs have been developed and backed by scientific research over the past 25 years thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health.

All of the research conducted for LSVT BIG® has showcased improved ratings on tests focused on motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease. The patients who were subjected to these tests experienced a wide range of positive outcomes, including:

  • Faster Walking and Bigger Steps
  • Improved Balance
  • Increased Trunk Rotation
  • Improvements in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Including Bed Mobility
  • Improved UPDRS (Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale) Motor Score

LSVT BIG® as Treatment

LSVT BIG® is a standardized treatment protocol that can be adjusted and customized to the unique goals of each patient, which includes both gross and fine motor skills. Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab can adapt or progress our LSVT BIG® treatment plan in order to meet our patient’s needs in relation to how severe their disease is, and what impairments are currently being presented.

Our LSVT BIG® treatment includes:

  1. 16 sessions, broken down into 4 consecutive days per week for 4 weeks.
  2. Sessions that are one-on-one, and last about an hour.
  3. Daily homework practices for patients to work on in between sessions.
  4. Assistance with daily carryover exercises to ensure that patients stay on-target with their personal health goals.

LSVT BIG® treatment should only be delivered by a physical or occupational therapist who is certified in this particular method. The physical and occupational therapists at Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab have the training and certification that is required to carry out proper LSVT BIG® treatment. Our therapists work closely with each and every patient to ensure that their needs are being met, and that the positive results they expect to see remain attainable.

Is ​​LSVT BIG® right for you?

In the studies conducted for LSVT BIG® treatments, the cases with the most success were those with patients who were in the early and middle stages of Parkinson’s. However, clinicians who have practiced this treatment program have found that LSVT BIG® can also have a positive impact on patients in the later stages of Parkinson’s, plus those suffering from atypical Parkinsonisms, movement difficulty, or other neurological conditions. 

The LSVT BIG® program is designed to be adaptable to your needs and goals. Because the treatment can change so easily without affecting the outcome, these techniques can help any patient with Parkinson’s, regardless of what stage they are at, or its severity.

How The World At Large is Helping Patients with Parkinson’s

Each year, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Whether you have been recently diagnosed with this disease, or if you have been suffering from Parkinson’s for some time, there are some great organizations who are working hard to help you. You aren’t alone in this struggle, and the groups listed below are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to PD resources and care.

Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation works to find a cure for Parkinson’s through funded research efforts and improved therapy techniques. Their funded research and investigation has led to over 20 early-stage therapeutic programs, 15 disease-modifying interventions that are currently in clinical trials, and the largest library of datasets and biosamples in relation to Parkinson’s disease.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) provides ongoing support, education, and research to help patients who are currently suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Over the last 50 years, APDA has played an important role as a funding partner in the major scientific breakthroughs of Parkinson’s research, with over $49 million in research grants that allowed those breakthroughs to be possible.

Parkinson’s Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation focuses on improving patient care and advancing research for cures in regards to this disease. The company hosts charitable events like the Run for Parkinson’s, and awards research grants to eligible parties who are exploring new routes towards the cure for Parkinson’s. On their website, they have great resources for patient care, as well as important information about living with Parkinson’s.

We have two great local resources here in our area working hard to provide a better quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. You can find out more about them by visiting their websites at Parkinson’s Place of Sarasota and Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s in Venice.

Frequently Asked Questions about LSVT BIG® Treatment

How does a physical or occupational therapist obtain certification for LSVT BIG® treatment?

LSVT Global is a great resource for LSVT BIG® training and certification. This company has trained over 17,500 LSVT BIG® Certified Clinicians in 45 countries, and Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab is made up of these certified clinicians.

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, and often presents itself as tremors, slowness, or stiffness. PD is caused by nerve cell damage in the brain, or a drop in dopamine-producing neurons.

Improve Your Life with LSVT BIG® Treatment

The physical and occupational therapists at Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab are specially trained and certified to conduct LSVT BIG® treatment on our patients. When you sign on for this one-month program, you will receive specialized one-on-one care that is centered around your goals and needs. When you first meet with Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab, we will assess the severity of your PD and develop a plan that will improve your mobility and capability of performing regular activities, all at a pace that you can comfortably work with.

When you suffer from Parkinson’s, your life can be so much more challenging. Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab can help improve your quality of life by strengthening your mobility, balance, and speed with our LSVT BIG® treatment. After you have completed this one-month, 16-session program, you will see notable progress between your start and end points.

Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab is here to help you find the right treatment for your PD with our simple and flexible LSVT BIG® program. Call us today to get started:


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