Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that causes movements to become smaller and less coordinated than normal. It also affects balance, coordination, and posture. These changes can diminish a person’s confidence, speed, and safety in performing common tasks. However, there is a research driven, highly structured and effective treatment program known as LSVT Big® that can help. This program can only be administered by a certified practitioner. Kevin Cheung, DPT, at West Park Rehab in Franklin is a certified Parkinson’s LSVT Big therapist.
Research on LSVT Big has documented improved ratings on tests of motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease following treatment. Improvements include:
- Faster walking with bigger steps
- Improved balance
- Better movement in the torso
- Reduced risk of falling