Certified Therapists in LSVT BIG

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease?

If so, your doctor most likely explained the challenges that come with and what to expect while living with Parkinson’s.

Those that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) have varying degrees of deficits that can be addressed by a Lightning Therapy clinician trained in the LSVT BIG program.

Deficits may include decreased independence with simple daily tasks, such as tying your shoes, buttoning your shirt, standing from a seated position, or even walking to the bathroom.

This decline in function becomes more time consuming and more taxing due to the lessening of fine or gross motor coordination, balance deficits, and decreasing overall endurance as the disease progresses.

According to the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, an average of 60.5% of people with PD reported at least one fall, and 39% reported recurrent falls.

People with PD often perceive their movement as normal, however the movement is abnormally small in amplitude. This often translates in a low volume of speech, shuffling gait and difficulty to rise from a sit to stand position.

LSVT BIG has been proven to combat the small amplitude movement by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements leading to improved and normalized movement and decreasing the risk of fall.

This has the potential to improve the patient’s ability to perform daily tasks at a higher level of independence and ease.

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the number of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) cases in the U.S. are expected to exceed 1.2 million by the year 2030. Lightning Therapy clinicians will work as a team with the patient to combat the progression of symptoms associated with PD to maximize you or your loved one’s quality of life.