Performance Rehab Senior Care at The Claiborne in Starkville now offers LSVT BIG, a research-based approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Patients can learn exercises that involve large amplitude and exaggerated movement patterns. Research on LSVT BIG (physical and occupational) therapy has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson’s Disease following treatment, including: faster walking and bigger steps, improved balance and increased trunk rotation.

What is LSVT BIG?

Recently principles of LSVT LOUD were applied to limb movement in people with Parkinson disease (LSVT BIG) and have been documented to be effective in the short term. Specifically, training increased amplitude of limb and body movement (Bigness) in people with Parkinson disease has documented improvements in amplitude (trunk rotation/gait) that generalized to improved speed (upper/lower limbs), balance, and quality of life. In addition, people were able to maintain these improvements when challenged with a dual task.

LSVT BIG can be delivered by the physical and occupational therapists at Performance Rehab Senior Care. Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson's Disease. The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life!