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Big and Loud Program puts the ‘LOUD’ in treating patients with Parkinson’s

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t just affect a person’s body, but it can affect their confidence. That’s why therapists at Sanford are meeting with patients at the Wellness Center in Mandan to help. There have been more than 25 years of research and studies proving the LSVT Big and Loud treatment is helping people with Parkinson’s. ‘Big and Loud’ combines speech therapy and physical therapy to help people with Parkinson’s communicate and move more easily. The ‘Big’ side focuses on helping patients move faster and taking bigger steps. The ‘Loud’ side helps more with voice and speech, which makes this program unique from other Parkinson’s programs. Each patient attends classes four times a week, for four weeks. KX News got to sit in on one of the sessions to see just how powerful the program is.Continue Reading

Parkinson’s Patients Get BIG and LOUD in Therapy

Find LSVT Clinician View Courses & Products DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gene Motter was 48 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. “I was [an] early onset patient and I'm now 60. So for 12 years I’ve had it,” Motter said. In those 12 years, he has struggled with some everyday tasks. “Parkinson’s, you have a hard time putting on your shoes and socks at times,” Motter said. That's when Motter decided he had enough. “I was kind of at my wits end,” Motter said. “I mean, medication only takes you so far with this. You just keep taking medicine, taking medicine but it doesn't always make it better. [But] these girls really made it better.” The girls Motter is referring to are a part of UnityPoint Health’s LSVT BIG and LOUD program. “Big, literally meaning big movement,” Esada Mujcic, UnityPoint Health Occupational Therapist said. “For the loud portion what we are working on is getting their voice not only louder, but to have better clarity,” Katelyn Goettsch, UnityPoint Health Speech Pathologist said. The physical therapy is filled with a wide range of repetitive activities to help not only improve function but also slow motor deterioration. “You think, ‘whatContinue Reading

Jackie’s Journey with LSVT BIG

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products Physiologic Hythe- We’re very fortunate to work in the industry that we do - we meet amazing people, courageous people and people that inspire us every day. Jackie was just one of these people and with her permission we just wanted to share a little bit of her story with you.Continue Reading

Healthbeat 4: Treating Parkinson’s Disease with BIG therapy

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — “When I first got diagnosed I had a little bit of shaking .. and I guess that’s the first sign of Parkinson’s.” Terry Fetterman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease more than a decade ago. He had been treating his symptoms with medication until his doctor suggested his try out MercyOne Siouxland’s LSVT BIG program. “BIG helps with movement so they can not only have better balance and better walking but also make it easier to do daily tasks like put their coat on, tasks around the house or get dressed,” said Marty Walsh, physical therapist at MercyOne Siouxland, “With Parkinson’s, it affects more than the motor nerves it also affects your sensory nerves. Through the BIG program, therapists teach patients to overcompensate motions in order to recalibrate their brain to relearn the movement patterns. Another component of the BIG program is occupational therapy. That’s where Parkinson’s patients focus on fine motor tasks to improve movements in the patient’s hands. And for Terry, those were the tasks to help him live an easier life. “We worked with him on bigger hand movements to make a sandwich for himself,” said Erin Roepke,Continue Reading

LSVT BIG helps people with Parkinson’s in Nebraska

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Nebraska has the highest prevalence rate of Parkinson's disease in the entire world. With limited resources in Western Nebraska for the disease, Linden Court offers Parkinson's therapy in North Platte. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects cognitive, emotional and physical health in those that are affected. Linden Court's Occupational Therapist, Erin Wright, uses LSVT-Big, a special Parkinson's disease therapy, to help patients with the disease. Linden Court offers all three disciplines including Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapies that are specialized to treat Parkinson's disease. Wright says, "A lot of my patients have told me that they didn't know that this was even an option for them and so that they are glad that someone is out here doing these exercises and going through this program and so, I think the hardest thing has been spreading awareness of Parkinson disease rehabilitation, so that's kind of my goal." Erin says the specialized treatment is beneficial because it helps to find a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation of their patients.   Read full article hereContinue Reading

think BIG ! – how I fight Parkinson´s with LSVT BIG

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products A description from video maker Anders M. Leines: This is a film about my introduction to LSVT BIG, an exercise program meant to delay, or even stop or reverse some of the negative changes that happen to a person with Parkinson´s Disease. The video represents my personal experience with the exercise program and the physical therapists at FRAM Helserehab outside Oslo, Norway, and I wanted to share it. I strongly believe in physical exercise as a way of fighting the impact of the disease has on your body. And "lsvt BIG" just makes sense to me. contact Anders Leines at:  or comment on his youtube pageContinue Reading

LSVT BIG Parkinson’s therapy helps Michigan grandfather enjoy life again

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products New report about how LSVT BIG Parkinson's therapy helps Michigan grandfather enjoy life againContinue Reading

LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG Presentation from Colorado Symposium

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products Watch this 12 minute overview of LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG by Heather Hodges, MS, CCC-SLP.  The presentation includes an overview of the therapies and short demonstration of some of the LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG exercises.Continue Reading

LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD Therapy Programs Help Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products This is a story on how LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD therapies are helping patients with PD in Hopewell, NJ.  Video story from njtvnews.orgContinue Reading

LSVT BIG: People with Parkinson’s Before and After Treatment

Find LSVT Clinicians View Courses & Products Watch the progress of two people with Parkinson’s as they work through the LSVT BIG program at Cascade Medical Center.Continue Reading