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Parkinson's Disease Treatment Approaches

Therapists at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital have expertise in treating patients with neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Based on your needs, treatment may focus on improving safety, movement, balance and speech. Your physician can help you decide if these programs are right for you. We offer two programs based on the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) approach:

  • LSVT BIG® for movement therapy
  • LSVT LOUD® for voice volume therapy

We also offer SPEAK OUT! to help strengthen the muscles you use to speak.

LSVT BIG

LSVT BIG is a program about training your body movements. Making your movements larger can help with walking and balance. But you can also train your movements for smaller activities like buttoning a shirt. This program can help patients at any stage, even before you notice problems with your balance or posture. The treatment is customized to meet your needs and goals.

  • Total number of sessions: 16
  • Sessions per week: 4
  • Length of sessions: 60 minutes

You also receive instruction on exercises to do every day at home.

LSVT LOUD

LSVT LOUD is a speech treatment program that focuses on the volume of your voice. It takes more effort to use a strong and clear voice. A person with Parkinson's disease might feel like they are shouting when they are using a "normal" voice. This program can help you speak loudly enough to be understood.

  • Total number of sessions: 16
  • Sessions per week: 4
  • Length of sessions: 60 minutes

You also receive instruction on exercises to do every day at home.

SPEAK OUT!

SPEAK OUT! is a speech treatment program that focuses on making your speech deliberate (instead of automatic). It can help strengthen the muscles you use for speaking. During each session, you and a speech-language pathologist do speech, voice and cognitive exercises.

  • Total number of sessions: 12
  • Sessions per week: 3
  • Length of sessions: 45 minutes

You also practice at home every day.

How to Join a Program

Your physician must write a prescription for you to participate in the program. The prescription should say that you have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Then it should also include a statement about the program:

  • "Physical and/or occupational therapy to evaluate and treat for LSVT BIG"
  • "Speech therapy for LSVT LOUD"
  • "Speech therapy for SPEAK OUT!"

Before you join LSVT LOUD, you should see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician to be sure the treatment is right for you.

Making an Appointment

To schedule an evaluation by one of our certified therapists, call 630.909.7150. Marianjoy accepts most insurance carriers and government payors. A physician prescription is required and should be faxed to 630.909.7151. A Marianjoy representative will contact you to schedule your therapy.

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