LSVT® Big Parkinson’s Disease therapy programs

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What is LSVT® BIG™?

McCulloch, Harrison and Partners @ RehabMatters is proud to be the first physiotherapy practice in South Africa to offer the LSVT® BIG™ program. Certification was completed at a LSVT ® BIG™ Training and Certification Workshop in Chicago, allowing us to deliver this validated research-based treatment program to patients.

LSVT® BIG™ is an exercise therapy program for people with Parkinson’s disease that uses a single therapy focus, the BIGNESS of movement, to improve movement quality in those with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT® BIG™ training aims to improve people’s ability to make bigger movements which can then be used for different functional activities and situations. Research results show that LSVT® BIG™ improves walking speed and step length, improves balance, increases trunk rotation and improves quality of life.


How is LSVT® Big™ different from traditional physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease?

Traditional physiotherapy for Parkinson’s generally aims to improve flexibility, strength or balance to help actions like getting up from a chair, turning over in bed, or walking by breaking down each action and remembering multiple instructions for each movement goal. In LSVT® BIG™, patients focus on just one goal – thinking BIG!

How does LSVT® Big™ work?

LSVT® BIG™ is delivered by a LSVT® BIG™ certified physiotherapist over 16 therapy sessions (four sessions a week for four weeks). Participants are encouraged to perform a variety of BIG movements with BIG effort in a series of specifically designed exercises.


When should I start the LSVT® Bigprogram?

Start exercising NOW – as soon as possible. Although the LSVT® Big™ program is beneficial throughout all the stages of Parkinson’s Disease, it has the most impact in the early stages. The LSVT® Big™ program teaches you how to avoid inactivity and keep your movements ALIVE during everyday activities which will help improve the quality of your life!


Do I need a referral from my doctor before starting the LSVT® Bigprogram?

We do not require a referral from your doctor to start the program, but we would prefer to work hand-in-hand with your specialist. Many doctors are unaware of both the LSVT® Big™ program and our ability to offer it and may be ignorant to the benefits available to you through the program. Please contact us if you would like us to forward the benefits of this program onto your doctor.


How do I get a physiotherapy appointment for a LSVT® Big™ introductory session?

If you would like to find out more about the LSVT® BIG™ Parkinson’s therapy program, please contact McCulloch, Harrison and Partners

If you feel you may not cope with the intensive program we can still provide an initial assessment and discuss alternative options with you.