LSVT BIG: Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson disease is when there is degeneration of nerves in the brain that produce dopamine. In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter which is a chemical released by nerve cells that send signals to other nerve cells. Dopamine plays a role in many specific functions including mood, sleep, memory, learning, concentration, and motor control. All of these are influenced by the levels of dopamine in a person’s body. Symptoms include a resting tremor, bradykinesia (slow movements), rigidity of limbs and gait and balance problems.
LSVT BIG is a specific program for patients with Parkinson Disease to increase amplitude of drive and motor output to produce larger movements. We re-train patients to recognize and then habitually drive that this larger functional movement is normal. LSVT BIG applies to all movements including walking and steps but also small movements such as handwriting and teeth brushing. Research indicates that people with Parkinson who complete the LSVT BIG program show improvements on ratings of motor functioning including: faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, increased trunk rotation, improvements in activities of daily living, such as bed mobility.
At CORE 3, we have several LSVT BIG certified physical therapists to optimize the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Evidence supports the positive impact of exercise in people with Parkinson Disease so don’t wait to schedule an appointment, it’s never too early or too late to start the LSVT BIG program.
80% adults will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. 50% of people with lower back pain still complained of symptoms one year following the first attack of acute low back pain. About 23% of the population currently is suffering from neck pain.
The McKenzie Method of diagnosis and treatment is one of the most effective and researched techniques to improve both neck and back pain. How the McKenzie method works is the certified physical therapist finds a direction of movement that improves range of motion and reduces pain. The certified McKenzie therapist will have you perform this repeated motion frequently at home in order to maximize your gains. The end goal of the McKenzie method of treatment is to make patients independent in managing their symptoms and to have patients confident in what steps to take if they experience future pain. Another key component of the McKenzie method is working on posture. Our physical therapists have several tricks and tips to help people with even the toughest posture habits.
All of the physical therapists at CORE 3 Physical Therapy are certified or are working towards their McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment certification. We can treat any type of neck and/or back pain including:
- Pain from a motor vehicle accident
- Pain from an acute injury such as in work, sports, lifting or shoveling snow
- Chronic pain
- Spine pain with radiating pain/numbness/tingling in the extremities
- Seated/posture related pain
- And more!