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LSVT Big therapy

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This week I started the Big physical therapy program. Its 4 weeks, 4 days a week long. I believe it is helping me with my movement.

 

Has anyone else tried it?

 

Here is a clip of a guy who took the program in Sweden:

 

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Both my sister and my husband have completed BIG therapy with good results.My husaband has also done the LVST training and is scheduled for some "refresher" sessions this year. Even better, they have participated in a weeklong intensive PWR! Retreat (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) featuring "Exercise for Brain Change" conducted by Dr. Becky Farley who developed BIG. My sister went to the retreat in both 2011 and 2012 and my husband and I were able to join her and my brother-in-law in Wickenburg, AZ for the retreat this year. It was an amazing week! My husband had just left work on full time disability about two weeks before the start of the retreat so it was a great "kick-off" event for us and has really helped him have a solid exercise program that he can devote time too now that he's not working. Here's some links for info and some pictures from last year's retreat:

 

http://www.pwr4life.org/pwr-retreat/

 

 

 

Dr. Farley also has a PWR! Gym in Tucson, Arizona where you can go for assessment and short (a few days) of intensive work on physical activity especially for people with Parkinson's Disease. Tucson is a great place to visit (although it is hot there now, you may want to wait until fall or winter!).

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Thanks for sharing that information. The videos are great! I was in a clinical study for exercise (exploring the effect of cycling on movement) a couple years ago in Cleveland and really did benefit from it. I know I need to exercise more than I currently do. Thanks for a timely reminder!

 

Take care of yourselves, friends...

 

Mihai

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I did the big therapt and its great. It helped me so much. I unfortunately hurt my shoulder at work and couldnt finish the last week. When my shoulder is better i will restart the program. i would reccomend it.

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Injuries can really set you back. I hope your shoulder is better before you know it and you'll be back to moving "BIG"!

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Big is a great program. They also have Loud which is for voice projection (all my freinds told me not to worry about taking that).

Dancer

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I completed the LSVT program and a modified version of the BIG program. I had great success with it. Being 22 and going into student teaching it helped me so much there is no way I would have made it through student teaching without it. I went into it barely able to get through a sentence without my jaw locking up. I would suggest doing it. The big thing Is to make sure your insurance covers it before hand. My insurance denied it because it is a more intense program than traditional speech therapy, it did cover the BIG program as well as occupational therapy. We wound up appealing our insurances decision. We went to their headquarters and my dad and I both spoke as well as my speech therapist. They told us it could take up to a week to get their decision in the mail within 7 hours that they will pay for it.

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I'm also doing my "BIGs" every day. I love it, but definitely have days where I feel like the exercises are challenging. But it always makes me feel better.

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