LSVT BIG®: Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and Similar Conditions

We are excited to announce the launch of LSVT BIG® to our local community!

Dr. Amanda Peterson, DPT, PT heads the program by serving those who live with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive neurological disorder that causes tremors, rigidity, and difficulty walking. Using this innovative treatment method, our goal is to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, improve balance and gait, as well as facilitate improved quality of life.

What is  LSVT BIG® and how can it help? 

LSVT BIG® is a program that uses evidence-based treatments for Parkinson's disease which help overcome physical challenges by engaging the individual in general conditioning exercises, functional training, gait and balance training.

Dr. Amanda Peterson will work closely with these patients on an individualized basis to help develop strategies to safely navigate daily living and functional activities such as getting in and out of bed or using the restroom.

LSVT BIG® is part of a two part program created for a woman living with Parkinson's disease, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). It was developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig focusing on speech treatment. This program has been scientifically studied for over 25 years with the support from organizations such as the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders within the National Institute of Health and other funding organizations.

LSVT LOUD® is the other part of this program which focuses on effective speech treatment to help train people with Parkinson's Disease to use their voice at a more normal loudness level while speaking at home, work, or in the community.

LSVT BIG® can only be delivered by certified physical or occupational therapist.

The  LSVT BIG® training program:

  • 16 sessions for 4 consecutive days for 4 weeks
  • Individual 1-hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

                                     This video is of a man with Parkinson disease walking to his car before and after receiving LSVT BIG therapy.

LSVT Resources: 

LSVT Research

LSVT BIG® References

Application of  LSVT BIG® Intervention to Address Gait, Balance, Bed Mobility, and Dexterity in People with Parkinson Disease: A Case Series

Improved function and geriatric depression scale profile in outpatients with Parkinson’s disease through the participation in Lee Silverman Voice Therapy BIG® program

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