For Immediate Release

Mark Smith, PT
Rice Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists | 715-236-3610

Gettin' Big & Loud

Clear Lake Physical THerapy | Parkinson's Disease | Big and Loud

Clear Lake, WI (May 18, 2016) - Clear Lake Ridgeview Apartments hosted a Parkinson's Disease presentation on May 18th. Physical Therapy Assistant, Andrea Elwood from Rice Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists recently was certified as a LSVT BIG clinician. You are probably wondering what is LSVT BIG and what does it have to do with me?

Clear Lake Physical THerapy | Parkinson's Disease | Big and Loud
LSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and is a Physical Therapy rehabilitation protocol specific to Parkinson Disease. It is recognized around the world where there are more than 4,000 certified clinicians. Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists are excited to introduce this program to the area. Parkinson's Disease affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60. Presently over 1 million people in the US are living with this disease. Unfortunately we do not know what causes most diagnosis'. It is a disease that affects the Limbic system, decreasing the rate of dopamine that is released. Dopamine controls motor movements and voluntary motor control. The primary symptoms include slowed movement, tremors, rigidity, and balance deficits. Some of the other symptoms include muffled speech, quiet voice and small handwriting.

Clear Lake Physical THerapy | Parkinson's Disease | Big and Loud
Pharmacological treatments, deep brain stimulation and exercise are the primary treatment options. Exercise is where Physical Therapy & the LSVT BIG program comes in. Exercise increase O2, elevates mood, improves coordination, strengthens balance and increases flexibility. The Big & Loud program works on improving posture, rotation, gait and voice. Physical Therapy & the BIG program has many positive outcomes some include building new synapses in the brain making activities of daily living easier.

What if you believe you can't exercise? The Physical Therapist creates a program that is tailored specifically to you! So take a BIG step to get involved in this program! Keep your eyes open for more presentations and for more information on getting started in the BIG program please contact 715.236.3610.