About Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, or LSVT BIG, is a treatment to aid people with Parkinson’s Disease in improving their movement. Its focus is on helping patients increase limb movement and coordination. The technique was derived from LSVT LOUD, which is designed to aid with vocal loudness. This technique developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig, who started a Parkinson’s Research facility in 1983. She started treating Mrs. Lee Silverman and began with four weeks of intensive therapy consisting of 16 one-hour treatments over the course of that time. The treatment was officially founded in 1985 in honor of the original patient, and while Total Health & Peak Medical do not offer LSVT LOUD, this was crucial in developing the LSVT BIG program.
What to Expect During LSVT BIG
The LSVT BIG therapy is delivered through four one-hour sessions per week for four weeks. The focus is on increasing the patient’s limb movements through exaggerated motions and behaviors. The goal is to increase the amplitude of the limb and body movements, improve the speed of movements and improve balance. The treatment is intensive and complex and is administered by a physical or occupational therapist. During each session, the patient will be asked to move through exaggerated versions of everyday activities to improve overall movement. These exaggerated movements are part of a standard treatment plan that includes seven basic exercises. This standard plan is typically supplemented by extra movements that are tailored to each individual patient’s needs and conditions.
Benefits and Risks
The benefits of LSVT BIG include increased limb movement for Parkinson’s patients and the ability to move more effectively. It allows for more freedom and comfort for those suffering from Parkinson’s. The risks are very minimal, as the therapy is simply working to increase the limb functionality of the patient and is completely non-invasive. While different patients report different results, there is a very good track record of success.
Total Health and Peak Medical offers a full suite of services to help with a wide variety of different pain and medical disorders. LSVT BIG is a targeted technique to aid with one particular aspect of Parkinson’s disease that can greatly affect the patient’s life. LSVT BIG is often paired with additional treatments to increase its effectiveness, such as nutritional planning or acupuncture.