LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG®
LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® are both delivered by certified clinicians. Treatment of each is administered in an individualized, intensive model – 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). Both of these programs are available at various places in Evansville. Both of these programs are traditionally covered by insurance with a physician referral.
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LSVT LOUD® is an evidenced-based speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT LOUD® is an intensive, individualized treatment focused on improving vocal loudness by stimulating muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. With the single goal of “speak LOUD”, the treatment has been show to improve respiration as well as laryngeal and articulatory function to maximize speech intelligibility. LSVT LOUD has also been found to improve swallowing function, improve facial expression, and ultimately improve quality of life.
LSVT BIG® is an evidenced-based physical therapy treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease that originated from the philosophy of LSVT LOUD®. LSVT BIG® is an intensive, individualized treatment geared toward improving the amplitude or “bigness” of limb and body that often become small and slow with Parkinson’s Disease. With attention to “bigness” during a standardized protocol of exercises and functional tasks, movements become quicker and more efficient. In addition, balance, independence and quality of life improves.