What is LSVT Big:

LSVT® BIG is an exercise treatment programme for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is based on the principle that the brain can learn and change.

It has been formulated from an existing programme to help with speech for people with PD called the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT).

Research on LSVT use over the last 15 years has shown that it results in improvements in speech intelligibility and voice loudness.

LSVT BIG works on the same principle, using a single therapy focus (BIGNESS of movement) to improve movement quality in PD.

Some benefits of LSVT BIG

This video clip is of a gentleman mobilising out of the therapy clinic where he completed LSVT BIG, both pre- and post- the LSVT BIG programme.

How does LSVT BIG work?

The aim of the intensive LSVT BIG training is to improve people’s ability to make bigger movements.

These movements can then be generalised for different functional activities and situations.

Initial results of research show that LSVT BIG training leads to:

  • faster walking with bigger steps
  • better balance
  • increased trunk rotation
  • improved quality of life

How is LSVT different from usual physiotherapy for PD?

Traditional physiotherapy and occupational therapy for Parkinson’s generally aims to improve flexibility, strength and balance to help actions like getting up from a chair, turning over in bed, or walking.

This traditional approach breaks down each action but requires patients to remember multiple instructions for each movement goal. In LSVT, patients simply focus on one goal, to think BIG!

How does the LSVT Big run?

LSVT BIG is delivered by a specially trained occupational therapist or physiotherapist over 16 therapy sessions (four sessions a week for four weeks).

The focus on one therapy goal (BIGNESS) makes it is easier for patients to participate in this intensive programme.

What the Cost Involves:

The cost of the programme is €1495. This covers the initial one hour comprehensive assessment with Personal Health’s Consultant Occupational Therapist. Followed by LSVT Big individual 1:1 therapy sessions, 4 x 60mins per week for 4 weeks (16 sessions) tailored to improve your movement and everyday function. The programme also includes a 30 minute final review at the end.

How to Get Started:

All individuals have to have an initial assessment with our Consultant Occupational Therapist before signing up to the programme.

More Information

For more information on LSVT BIG, check out the website www.lsvtglobal.com or contact us on (01) 496 4002.