Archive for the LSVT BIG Category

LSVT renewed my confidence

As a former fighter pilot in the Air Force, editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens, author of more than 25 poems and books, president of the magazine division of Meredith Corporation, and national public speaker and consultant, there is one thing that will not define me- Parkinson’s disease.

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LSVT LOUD was a complete success…

I am a 72-year-old male who was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2012. Since then, I have had two experiences with physical therapy, one with occupational therapy (both with mixed results) and the LSVT LOUD program. LSVT LOUD was a complete success and continues to be after nearly four years. When my doctor suggested that I investigate LSVT BIG, I got on your website the next day.

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I have a new lease on life

Horses have always been a big part of my life. In fact, my husband, Jerry, and I have had horses our entire 42-year marriage. So when I started seeing the first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in 2005 and was diagnosed in September 2008, I wanted to be sure I’d still be able to do the things I loved: being outside, gardening, and riding my three horses.

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LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD were life changing!

LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD were life changing for me. I thank the Lord that He has used these programs and prayer to keep me functioning so well. I do the exercises almost every day (missed maybe 3-5 times all year).

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Before “BIG” I was almost wheelchair bound.

After just a few sessions with the LSVT BIG Program, I noticed a marked improvement in my movements. Before “BIG” I was almost wheelchair bound. I couldn’t walk more than a few steps without shuffling, causing me to lose my balance.

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I am now able to easily go to ball games….

I entered the LSVT BIG program by having my wife push me in a wheelchair. For the prior two years or more, I had used an electric scooter for mobility because I was not able to walk more than a couple of steps at a time.

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I attribute everything I’ve accomplished to LSVT BIG

At one time, I was stooped over, dragging my left leg, shuffling and using a cane for balance. My doctor had suggested LSVT BIG for quite some time but my stubbornness, depression and bad attitude kept me from attending.

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We work together to conquer PD!

LSVT BIG has made me see the importance of consistent exercise and repetitive large movements. It has made me aware of my movements in everyday activity and has improved my quality of life.

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The LSVT training was best investment…

I have been working in the rehabilitation field of healthcare for the last 20 years, and during that time I have seen and learned many different techniques, program, and modalities. When I was introduced to the LSVT model, I could see where the idea behind it made sense and that it could be empowering for those with Parkinson’s and that was enough for us to decide to do a ‘pilot program’ here at our outpatient center.

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LSVT BIG empowers my patients…

I am an occupational therapist with 16 years of experience. One of my recent patients required substantial assistance to transfer to/from the commode, was using a wheelchair due to impaired balance and was unable to walk without assistance.

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