LSVT BIG® is an intensive, amplitude focused physical and occupational therapy approach developed from principles of the effective Parkinson's specific speech treatment LSVT LOUD®.
The LSVT Programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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
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 to meet each patient's needs across a range of disease severity and presenting impairments.
LSVT BIG® treatment consists of:
- 16 sessions - 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
- Individual one-hour sessions
- Daily homework practice
- Daily carryover exercises
It is essential that LSVT BIG® treatment is only delivered by physical and occupational therapists who are certified in this method.
LSVT BIG is being delivered by over 10,000 certified LSVT clinicians in 38 countries.