Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative condition resulting in tremors, stiffness, and slowness of movement. It primarily affects older individuals although can be seen in young adults as well. It was named after Dr Joseph Parkinson who first described the clinical presentation in 1817 and affects over 1.5 million individuals in the US. The pathology involves breakdown of cells that produce a neurotransmitter called Dopamine. As a result several therapeutic treatments are available to replace Dopamine, and to keep it from being broken down with excellent results. Yet the condition can lead to functional impairments overtime affecting one’s gait and balance. There is now hope for improved quality of life with a novel rehabilitation program called “ BIG . “ This program is appropriate for all stages of PD.
LSVT BIG is a research-based exercise approach developed to increase flexibility, improve balance, and increase walking speed.
LSVT Treatment Consists of 16 Therapy sessions, 4 consecutive weeks, individual 1hour sessions, daily homework.