Guttenberg Municipal Hospital (GMH) is now offering LSVT BIG, an intensive, amplitude focused physical and occupational therapy program geared towards patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Research on LSVT BIG has shown improved ratings on improved balance, improvements in activities of daily living such as bed mobility, increased trunk rotation, and faster walking with bigger steps.
Two GMH employees, Kim Nieman, PT, and Amber Glawe, PTA, have successfully completed 16 hours of LSVT BIG and LOUD training and are now certified to help patients using LSVT methods. “Patients are performing everyday activities at a higher level. They have bigger movements, better balance and are able to move without being rigid. It’s an intense program, but the end result is worth the struggle,” stated Nieman.
LSVT BIG is customized to the unique goals of each patient including both gross and fine motor skills. Treatment consists of 16 sessions: four consecutive days a week for four weeks, individual one hour sessions, daily homework practice and daily carryover exercises.