Specialized Therapy for Parkinson's Disease Patients

If you or a loved one needs assistance with daily activities that are restricted due to Parkinson’s disease, our rehabilitation experts can help. Many of our physical therapists and speech-language pathologists at Munson Healthcare are certified in the Lee Silverman Treatment Programs – proven methods of specialized therapy to address movement and speech issues.

Understanding How LSVT Works

LSVT BIG: The LSVT BIG principles address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson's disease. Therapists work with individuals to improve major motor skills, like walking, arm and leg movement and balance. This is based on the philosophy that repeated exercise may slow, halt or reverse the progression of Parkinson's. It is felt that purposeful movement and continuous exercise is necessary to regain function. The goal is for patients to use their "bigger" movements and voices automatically in everyday living and for long-term carryover of increased functions.

LSVT LOUD: Speech-language pathologists improve vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box, or larynx, and speech mechanism through a series of LSVT Loud exercises. Therapy does not train people to shout or yell – rather it trains a healthy voice to speak more clearly, with increased vocal volume and no strain.

These programs consist of 60-minute sessions, four times per week for four weeks. Our specialized therapy is combined with an at-home exercise program that should be completed one to two times a day. The integration of specialized therapy and at-home sessions helps our Parkinson's patients improve their skills.

Learn More about Specialized Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

To learn more about Munson Healthcare’s specialized therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease, contact your primary care physician and request that a referral be made at one of our convenient locations. Please click on a location below for more information and contact details.

Service Locations

Boyne Rehab Center 197 State St. Boyne City, MI 47912 231-582-6365 Get Directions
Cadillac Rehabilitation Services 704 Oak St., Ste.100 Cadillac, MI 49601 231-876-7443 Get Directions
Empire Community Health Center 9975 West Ottawa Ave. Empire, MI 49630 Get Directions
Munson Community Health Center 550 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 Get Directions
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital 224 Park Ave. Frankfort, MI 49635 231-352-2200 Get Directions