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Safety Is Our Priority – Learn more

At ChristianaCare, everything we do is For the Love of Health™, and that focus has guided our response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have redesigned how we deliver care to keep our patients and caregivers safe, while providing the high-quality care that our community needs and deserves. This includes greatly expanded options for virtual care and telehealth visits, as well as guidelines that support social distancing, wearing masks, a clean environment and limited numbers of patients and visitors to ensure safety. Learn More

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Rehabilitation Services

LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Disease

Only those living through it can truly appreciate the challenges of Parkinson’ss disease. This chronic and progressive disorder caused by the death of vital neurons in the brain affects movement. It often starts with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand that may progress to both hands, arms, legs, jaw and face. It can also lead to stiffness in the limbs or trunk of the body, slowed movement and impaired balance and coordination.

Parkinson’s affects, walking, use of the arms and speech. Our physical and occupational therapists certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG specialize in using repetitive, exaggerated (BIG) movements that increase dopamine production in the brain to improve speed of movement.

LSVT BIG focuses on repetitive core movements used in daily living and is most effective when started as soon as Parkinson’s is diagnosed, even before symptoms worsen.

LSVT BIG also benefits those with motor function affected by stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.