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LSVT Big Program

LSVT-BIG Program for Parkinson’s Disease

LSVT-BIG is an intensive, amplitude focused physical therapy approach developed from principles of the effective Parkinson’s specific speech treatment LSVT-LOUD. LSVT-BIG is a standardized treatment protocol which is customized to the unique goals of each patient, including both gross and fine motor skills. LSVT-BIG can be adapted or progressed in order to meet each patient’s needs across a range of disease severity and presenting impairments. The LSVT programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Research on LSVT-BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson’s Disease following treatment, including:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as bed mobility
  • Improved UPDRS Motor Score

The LSVT-BIG Program consists of:

  • 16 total sessions: 4 days a week for 4 weeks
  • One-on-one individual 1-hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

LSVT-BIG can only be delivered by physical or occupational therapists who are certified in this method. Samantha Harmon, PT, DPT, is Blue Sky’s certified LSVT-BIG therapist. Additionally, most major insurances cover the LSVT-BIG program, including Medicare. For more information, Contact Us Today at Denver, CO Center.