LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®

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 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.

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 St. Mary’s Outpatient Rehabilitation at Washington Square.

A physician’s referral is required to participate in the LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® Parkinson’s therapy programs at St. Mary’s. The cost of the treatments is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare.

Call 812.485.5200 for more information.

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