LSVT LOUD® Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
Only those living through it can truly appreciate the challenges of Parkinson’s 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, impaired balance and coordination and problems with articulation.
In addition to affecting, walking and use of the arms, Parkinson’s can make speech difficult. Our speech and language pathologists certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD specialize in therapeutic treatment to improve vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles used in speech. Typically involving four one-hour sessions each week for a month, the intensive LSVT LOUD therapy stimulates the motor system and incorporate sensory awareness to help patients increase and become comfortable with the volume of their voice.
LSVT LOUD® includes:
- Voice exercises based on sensory feedback.
- Training to increase volume and variation in speech.
- Guidance in improving voice quality.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment not only improves voice and speech skills, but also helps improve movement, often showing results within the first hour of treatment.
LSVT LOUD is also showing promise for individuals with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.