LSVT BIG (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – BIG) is a specialized physical therapy program developed to address the movement and mobility issues associated with Parkinson’s disease. While LSVT BIG was initially designed to target speech and voice problems in people with Parkinson’s disease, it has since been extended to address the motor symptoms and movement difficulties, such as bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity, and postural instability, that are common in individuals with Parkinson’s.
LSVT BIG is an intensive, high-amplitude exercise and movement program that focuses on increasing the size and quality of a person’s movements. The goal is to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease regain or maintain functional independence and improve their overall mobility.
LSVT BIG is typically administered over a course of four weeks, with 16 sessions, each lasting 60 minutes. The intensive nature of the therapy helps ensure that clients can achieve and maintain the desired improvements.
Key components of LSVT BIG include:
1. Individualized Treatment: LSVT BIG is tailored to the specific needs and abilities of each person. Therapists work closely with clients to create a personalized exercise plan.
2. High-Amplitude Movements: The program emphasizes exaggerated, large-amplitude movements to counteract the reduced movement often associated with Parkinson’s disease.
3. Daily Practice: Consistency is key in LSVT BIG. Clients are encouraged to practice the exercises daily to reinforce the improvements in motor function.
4. Functional Activities: The program incorporates daily activities such as walking, reaching, and other functional movements to make the therapy relevant to everyday life.
LSVT BIG has been shown to be effective in improving motor function, mobility, and overall quality of life in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It can help increase movement speed, improve balance, and enhance the ability to perform activities of daily living. It is essential to consult with a qualified LSVT BIG-trained therapist or healthcare professional to determine if the program is suitable for an individual with Parkinson’s disease and to receive proper guidance throughout the therapy process.