Most people know someone with Parkinson’s disease. There are over 80,000 Australians who deal with the physical symptoms including a shuffling walking style, tremor, freezing and a general slowness of movement. At Advance Rehab Centre we see many people who complain of falling and reduced mobility. Parkinson’s disease can be different for every individual and unfortunately there is no cure and the condition is progressive.
In March 2011, Lynn Tullock (Physiotherapist) set off from Sydney to fly to sunny Phoenix, Arizona to attend the LSVT BIG training workshop. LSVT BIG training was launched in 2007 in the US, taken from the established and highly successful LSVT LOUD programme. LSVT BIG is designed on the principles of LSVT LOUD and it is this certification workshop which enabled me to become an LSVT BIG practitioner and so be able to deliver LSVT BIG to my patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Lynn is currently the only certified therapist in Australia doing this.
LSVT BIG for patients is a standardised, supervised intensive 4 week training course which is high effort, repetitive and empowering with a focus on amplitude i.e. ‘bigness’ of movement. It can only be delivered by a certified physiotherapist or occupational therapist that has completed the LSVT BIG training. By training patients to use bigger movements ‘automatically’ in everyday living means LSVT BIG training has shown significant improvements for over two years following participation in the individual training program.
LSVT BIG is appropriate, at some level, for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in our opinion. Lynn and her ‘Big’ colleagues believe that physiotherapy is essential following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to ensure independence, function and a optimise quality of life. The earlier you start LSVT BIG the better because exercise is good for the brain! ‘This program has opened my eyes to the opportunities available to support people with Parkinson’s Disease through physical and brain re-training techniques. I urge anyone with an interest in the future of Parkinson’s Disease and join me for an education evening on May 3rd’. For more information or to RSVP for the evening lecture please contact the office on 9906 7777.
Warm Regards and Think Big!
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