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Parkinson’s Therapy

LSVT Global

LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® are speech, physical and occupational therapy programs designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease, but can also apply to people with other neurological disorders.

The LSVT programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institute of Health. They each have a standardized treatment protocol which is customized to the unique goal of each patient.

At Saint Vincent Rehabilitation Services, we have several Speech Therapists and Physical Therapists who are certified in this very specific treatment protocol. Our specialized therapists will work with you one on one in order to meet your communication and mobility goals.

If you would like to learn more about LSVT Gobal you can visit their website: https://www.lsvtglobal.com

LSVT LOUD

LSVT LOUD® is the first speech treatment with level 1 evidence and established efficacy for treating voice and speech disorders in people with Parkinson disease with application to other neurological disorders.

LSVT LOUD® outcome data have been published in a series of articles in speech, otolaryngology and neurology journals. Research on LSVT LOUD® has documented improved impact on multiple levels of functioning in people with Parkinson’s Disease following treatment including:

  • Increased vocal loudness
  • Improved articulation and speech intelligibility
  • Improved intonation
  • Improvements in facial expression
  • Changes in neural functioning related to voice and speech

LSVT LOUD® is a standardized treatment protocol that is customized to the unique communication goals of each person across a range of disease severity and communication impairments.

LSVT LOUD® treatment consists of:

  • 16 one-on-one sessions: 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
  • Individual 1 hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

LSVT BIG

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

Research on LSVT BIG® has shown to improve motor functioning in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease in the following areas:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Improved trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as getting in and out of bed, dressing, and bathing.

LSVT BIG® is a standardized treatment protocol, which is customized to the unique goals of each patient. It can be adapted or progressed to meet the needs of a patient; based on the severity of the disease and the areas of daily living that are most impacted.

Treatment in the LSVT BIG program consists of:

  • 16 sessions of one-on-one therapy: 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
  • Individual one hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

Free Program for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Here at Saint Vincent Rehabilitation Services, we offer group classes for people in the community with Parkinson’s Disease.

Our Rehab Group is held every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Our classes are led by a Physical Therapist and include exercises specifically for those with Parkinson’s Disease. Exercises are designed to help improve balance, decrease stiffness, and improve walking. Every second Wednesday of the month, the class is led by a Speech Therapist and is focused on improving voice production and memory.

Classes are held on the 6th floor, South side of the hospital.

For more information about attending these classes, please contact Christine Feeley, DPT at 508-363-9016 or via email at Christine.Feeley@stvincenthospital.com

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about our LSVT program, please contact us at any of the following locations:

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