We Treat Parkinson’s Disease in a BIG Way

    Although Terri had been to physical therapy at Teton Therapy in the past, she recently returned to Teton for something a little different. In June, she teamed up with physical therapist John Reddon for a specific treatment called “LSVT BIG”, which would help manage her Parkinson’s Disease.

    For those who aren’t familiar with Parkinson’s Disease, it is a neurological disorder that affects around one million people in the United States. Symptoms of Parkinson’s can include smaller movements that result in shuffling when walking, tremors, pain due to muscle stiffness, and balance problems. Because Parkinson’s causes movement and balance issues, it can cause people to fall and suffer from serious injuries.

    John was determined to help Terri manage her symptoms, which would prevent injury and help maintain a great quality of life. They worked as a team, and together they embarked on their “LSVT BIG therapy” journey.

    The idea behind LSVT BIG is to help people with Parkinson’s use “bigger” movements in their everyday living. This allows people to keep moving and stay active. It can help with:

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

    LSVT BIG treatment consists of:

    • 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks
    • Individual, one-on-one hour-long sessions
    • Daily homework practice
    • Daily carryover exercises

    Since her LSVT BIG treatments, Terri’s condition has improved dramatically. “I am feeling stronger in my exercises. My walk is stronger–I don’t even have to use my walker anymore. My voice is also stronger. I am convinced that LSVT BIG is very beneficial and I know I’ll continue to make progress,” Terri said of her treatments with John.

    Do you have more questions about LSVT BIG therapy, Parkinson’s Disease, or how physical therapy and occupational therapy can help you? Teton Therapy has certified LSVT BIG physical therapists in our Lander clinic and our Riverton clinic. We’d love to hear from you–contact our offices for a free consultation.

    Riverton (307) 857-7074

    Lander (307) 332-2230

    Cheyenne (307) 514-9999

    Sheridan (307) 683-0123

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