‘BIG’ treatment helps slow Parkinson’s effects

Yvonne Gibson has Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological disorder affecting more than 1.5 million Americans.

But she’s taking therapeutic steps now in a program called LSVT BIG to slow Parkinson’s symptoms. Her therapists — physical Therapist Anna Castillo and certified occupational therapy assistant Tiffany Johnson — instruct Gibson in repetitive high-amplitude movements.

LSVT BIG is a physical and occupational therapy program derived from the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD speech therapy program, which instructs patients in large, multi-directional whole-body movements, “BIG walking” and functional activities specific to each person.

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