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.

Enhanced Services in Kingsley and Traverse City in Collaboration With Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation 

Better-than-ever specialized and coordinated care is what our patients can expect with our expanded collaboration with one of the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. Our health care team works closely with experts from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation to enhance rehab services for our northern Michigan communities.

Our health care team includes physiatrists and physician assistants who provide integrated, coordinated, and high-quality rehabilitation. Their expertise includes complex medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Our enhanced Parkinson's disease rehabilitation services are available in Traverse City.

Parkinson's Disease Support Groups and Classes

  • Frankfort Support Group: Benzie Parkinson's Bravery Brigade: The mission of the Benzie Parkinson's Bravery Brigade is to educate and improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners by facilitating relationships and the exchange of information in an environment that is supportive of movement and exercise. Meetings are held monthly at 9:30 am at the Betsie Hosick Health & Fitness Center in Frankfort. Each meeting will offer a relevant presentation by a local health care provider or expert from a community organization and group discussion. All are welcome. To learn more, please call 231-622-5140 or email Benzie.Parkinsons@gmail.com.
  • Traverse City Exercise Group: Patients with Parkinson’s disease often benefit from guided exercise and movement. This class will teach you exercises to help strengthen and relax your muscles, improve your balance and coordination, and provide voice training. The class is taught by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The class is open to anyone living with Parkinson’s disease and spouses and caregivers are welcome to join. Classes are held every month on the second Wednesday and the fourth Thursday at the Munson Community Health Center in Traverse City. Cost is $10. You may pay when you arrive for the class with a credit card or check. To register, call 231-935-8600.

     

 

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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
Manistee Community Health Center 1345 E. Parkdale Ave. Manistee, MI 49660 Get Directions
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Physicians 550 Munson Ave. (Inside Foster Family Community Health Center) Traverse City, MI 49686 231-935-8604 231-392-7333 Get Directions
OMH Orthopedic & Rehab Center 2147 Professional Dr. Gaylord, MI 49735 Get Directions
Otsego Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services 825 N. Center Ave. Gaylord, 49735 989-731-2100 Get Directions
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital 224 Park Ave. Frankfort, MI 49635 231-352-2200 Get Directions