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LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD Programs

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital Outpatient Therapy offers LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD to help patients with Parkinson's Disease. These programs were scientifically researched over the past two decades and have been carefully developed to improve function and slow motor deterioration for patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Through intensive exercise and patient empowerment our therapists work with each patient to retrain sensory, motor and cognitive functions. The therapy also focuses on increasing speech intelligibility, facial expression and improved confidence for patients.

To learn more about LVST Big and Loud, call (563) 589-2497.

What is LSVT BIG?

Our certified LSVT BIG physical and occupational therapists help patients with Parkinson's Disease improve function and slow motor deterioration.

LSVT BIG therapy aims to improve balance, rotation and faster walking with bigger steps for patients with Parkinson's disease. Patients who have received a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis will gradually experience smaller movements and have difficulty initiating movement. LSVT BIG translates bigger movements into the real world, everyday activities and empowers people with Parkinson's disease to reengage in their daily activities and hobbies.

Our LSVT BIG program is designed to help patients achieve:

• Increase walking speed and bigger steps
• Emphasize with movements and patterns - "Bigness"
• Rotational movements through exercise moving
• Speed of movement
• Improved balance

What is LSVT LOUD?

Our certified LSVT LOUD speech therapist can help patients with Parkinson's Disease improve voice and speech. It is common that individuals with Parkinson's Disease speak softly and have difficulty being loud enough for people to hear avoiding groups of people and conversations.

Our LSVT LOUD program is designed to help patients achieve:

• Increased loudness of speech
• More varied facial expressions
• Advancements in swallowing
• Improvement of precise and clear speech sounds
• Increased rate of speech
• Intonation (up and down) of the voice

Parkinson's Disease Treatment Approach

Both the LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs are customized to meet the individual goals of each patient. Through the LSVT programs, our therapists offer individualized treatment plans for patients with Parkinson's Disease. Each treatment plan consists of 16 individual one-hour sessions that occur four consecutive days a week for four weeks. The therapists also provide different exercises to complete at home.

For more information on Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Disease treatment with LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD, please talk with your primary care provider.

If you'd like to learn more, please call our UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital Asbury Square Outpatient Therapy Services at (563) 589-2497.