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Grand Rapids, MI

4095 Park East Court SE
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Grand Haven, MI

16760 Lincoln Street
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1015 S. Beacon Blvd.
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LSVT for Parkinson’s

LSVT for Parkinson’s

By Brian Keenoy, DPT

I have been lucky enough to work with people with Parkinson’s for 5+ years now. I became LSVT BIG certified in April of 2014 and have had the pleasure of working with over 100 people diagnosed Parkinson’s. In those years I have been able to see individuals utilize physical therapy (PT), speech therapy (ST), and occupational therapy (OT), and specifically the LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD treatment approaches, to really take back some control in their lives.

Unfortunately, with Parkinson’s, there are some things outside of the patients’ control.

  • Slow movement
  • Small movement
  • Rigid movement
  • Tremor
  • Quiet speech
  • Facial masking

These are all things that can be unbelievably frustrating for people with Parkinson’s. All that being said, you CAN do something about it! I tell every person with Parkinson’s that I evaluate, the purpose of therapy is to allow you to “take the bull by the horns,” so to speak. It is designed to educate you, give you tools, and empower you to take control of Parkinson’s and the impact it can have on your daily life.

At Generation Care, we take a team approach to ensure that every person who comes in with Parkinson’s has a thorough evaluation of their movement, from waking to the ability to roll in bed to get their coat on and off, and their ability to create clear and loud speech and swallowing ability. All these things are common issues with Parkinson’s that can be helped with PT, OT, and SLP. Often when being first diagnosed, some people think, “My Parkinson’s isn’t that bad. I don’t need to go to therapy.” That couldn’t be further from the truth! All research shows that the earlier you start with therapy in the disease process of Parkinson’s, the better it bodes for long term mobility and quality of life. It is never too early to start therapy after being diagnosed! Conversely, some don’t come to therapy because they feel their Parkinson’s related issues are too severe. That also couldn’t be further from the truth!

Therapy is customized to every person, no matter what level of functioning, to meet goals and enhance someone’s quality of life. I, along with many of my colleagues, love to work with people with Parkinson’s because they tend to be such a hard-working group of people. So please, feel free to come into Generation Care and see what we can do for you!

Contact one of our locations today!