Parkinson’s LSVT BIG And LOUD Program

Parkinson’s Disease affects the way you walk and talk. That’s because the disease changes the way your brain sends signals to your body. You may not even be aware of these changes. They result in:

  • Movements that are slower and less deliberate. For example, you walk more slowly and take smaller steps.
  • Softer speech. Your family and co-workers may struggle to hear you.

Since 1987, LSVT* BIG and LOUD rehab programs have been shown to produce significant improvements. Premier Health’s therapists are specifically trained in LSVT BIG and LOUD therapies.

* LSVT = Lee Silverman Voice Training

LSVT BIG Improves Movement

This four-week exercise program can halt the negative changes that happen in your body, and in some instances reverse the changes that have already occurred. Key features include:

  • The program is customized for your specific needs
  • Improvements can be realized no matter the severity of your disease. Although the sooner you begin, the better the potential.
  • Improvements with small tasks like buttoning a shirt
  • Improvements with large tasks like walking or getting up from the couch

Research shows that within three months you’ll enjoy better balance and increased range of motion in your joints, especially your back.

LSVT LOUD Improves Speech

Although you may not realize it, your co-workers and family may think your voice is getting softer and more difficult to hear. The four-week LSVT LOUD program can significantly help. Using proven, easy-to-do exercises, it can:

  • Improve the strength of your voice
  • Improve the consistency of your voice instead of going from soft to loud to soft
  • Help you recognize when you need to adjust your tone so others can understand you
  • Improve swallowing
  • Improve facial expression

Those who have completed LSVT BIG and LOUD report that the programs have:

  • Improved their confidence
  • Helped them better succeed at work and home 

What To Expect

Both BIG and LOUD are four-week programs consisting of 16 one-hour sessions with a BIG or LOUD therapist. A physician referral is required. You will have exercises to complete at home after each session. You’re encouraged to incorporate the BIG and LOUD principles into your daily life. Follow-through and practice are the key to success and an improved quality of life.

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Our rehabilitation team is ready to help you get back to the things that matter most in your life. We offer locations close to you throughout Southwest Ohio, in our hospitals and in outpatient facilities. Call the number for the hospital near you to learn more about rehabilitation services in your area.