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Stepping Over Obstacles

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In early September of 2017, Kathy Holmes began to notice her right foot would stick to the ground when she walked. Her first thought was she had Lou Gehrig’s disease because that’s what her sister had, but after consulting with several physicians, Holmes was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Holmes learned of the Parkinson’s Support Group at Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC), which occurred two times per week where she performed exercises to help alleviate her symptoms. After months of exercises and still having to use her walker, Holmes joined the LSVT Big and Loud program at JRMC in April.

According to LSVT Global, the Big and Loud program increases amplitude of limb and body movement (Bigness) in people with Parkinson disease. LSVT Global reports that it has, “documented improvements in amplitude (trunk rotation/gait) that generalized to improved speed (upper/lower limbs), balance, and quality of life.” LSVT is an intense program, which meets four times a week for a month.

"Some of the exercises I did were picking up and moving laundry baskets with weights in them, walking up the big hill behind Jones Regional, walking through doorways, walking around cones on the ground, and picking things up and putting them down. It sounds so easy, but at the same time I couldn't do any of those things," shares Holmes. "This program has helped me tremendously! It was an intense month. I can walk again - without a walker! It's a miracle!"

"I didn't think the program would work at first, but it happened and I'm still showing results. The exercises were fun and Kayla Kurt, Physical Therapist, and the Jones Regional physical therapy team were fun to work with! Moving forward, Kayla will keep track of me long-term and I will check back in with her in six months to monitor my progress. Before I was diagnosed with Parkinson's, I did everything on my own. Then it happened and I had to slow down and ask for help. Thanks to LSVT Big and Loud and the Physical Therapy team at JRMC, I feel independent again. It feels great to have my life back!"

To learn more about the LSVT Big and Loud Program, call (319) 481 - 6327.