Parkinson’s disease is a neurological and movement disorder that involves the nervous system, which causes impairment in motor function. For many years researchers, exercise physiologists, medical doctors, physical therapists, you name it, have been attempting to understand and help to combat this disease. LSVT BIG, an evidence-based program designed at helping individuals move more naturally, is one of our most effective offerings at LiveWell.
Parkinson’s is characterized by movement difficulties caused by a reduction in dopamine. The reduction in dopamine causes:
Resting action tremors
Bradykinesia (general slowness in action)
Standing kyphosis (rounded back – associated with
Start hesitation with festinating gait (quick,
Each of which create potential difficulties in everyday life. Subsequently, the powerful nature of Parkinson’s creates difficulties with both small and large motor tasks. This includes activities such as buttoning a shirt, walking, and other activities of daily living. By providing the LSVT BIG program at LiveWell we are able to help individuals to practice stable, safe, and efficient movement.
LSVT BIG has been a powerful tool for those living with Parkinson’s disease. The program is designed solely to fit each individuals’ specific needs and goals. Considering the adverse effects of Parkinson’s disease, LSVT BIG can be utilized at any point during disease progress, however, like many things, it is best to early and often. LSVT BIG improve self-care, balance and walking, as well as functional improvements in daily activities of living for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
Not only has LSVT BIG been shown to be effective, it is life changing. We are proud to offer such a power treatment!
Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Katie to learn how we can help you or a loved one through LSVT BIG.