LSVT BIG, a rigorous therapy program, aids patients with Parkinson’s disease to lessen their symptoms and decelerates the development of the disease.
What is the difference between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?
The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform movement of the human body. Though we both focus on measurements such as ROM and strength. OT’s tend to focus on one’s ability to perform ADL’s to their maximal functional independence
What is Big Therapy for PD ?
LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson disease (PD) to use their body more normally. People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. They may have trouble with getting around, getting dressed and with other activities of daily living. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them.
How is LSVT BIG implemented?
LSVT BIG treatment is delivered one-on-one and is tailored to each person’s own abilities and goals so that they work towards what’s meaningful to them.
It requires (and can only be given by) an LSVT BIG Certified Clinician as part of prescribed physical or occupational therapy. job-related tasks. LSVT BIG treatments are:
- One-hour sessions
- One on One
- Four sessions per week
- Four weeks in a row
- Daily homework and carryover exercises with a certified LSVT BIG clinician
Is there a certain level of Parkinson’s that would not benefit?
Research shows that all levels of Parkinson’s could benefit from LSVT BIG. The earlier the involvement and instruction of these exercises the better. These exercises can be implemented daily throughout the progression of this disease. There are a variety of modifications and adaptions that can be made to the exercises for those who are more involved. We also do stress care-giver education for the best home carry over.
How do I know if I or, my loved one would benefit from LSVT?
The best thing is to call your local LSVT BIG provider. This way they can give you detailed information about the program and work with you to see if this program would be appropriate.
How can I find a LSVT BIG therapist?
Visit www.lsvtglobal.com where they have all certified therapist listed in your area.
Casey Uritisis is an occupational therapist who has experience in treating a variety of neurological conditions and diseases including but not limited to Stroke/CVA and Parkinson’s disease. Casey is a certified LSVT BIG clinician, a therapy approach developed to improve everyday function with those impacted by Parkinson’s disease.