Parkinson's - LSVT Program

At Moreau Physical Therapy, we understand the challenges that come with Parkinson's disease. That's why we offer a specialized LSVT program, designed to help you improve your mobility and live more comfortably in the long term.

Our clinicians working with this program maintain LSVT certification and continuously update their skills with the latest treatments. They will make a plan just for you, using special exercises and methods to improve your communication and motor functions.

Trust Moreau Physical Therapy to be your partner on your Parkinson's journey. Contact us today to learn more about our LSVT program and how it can benefit you.

What is LSVT?

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is a special therapy created in the 1980s for people with Parkinson's disease, named after a patient, Lee Silverman. Its goal is to improve speech and voice by working on brain changes linked to Parkinson's. Today, this therapy helps with both the physical symptoms and the brain's workings, leading to better talking abilities and overall quality of life.

Understanding LSVT

The LSVT program provides an effective dual approach to combating Parkinson's symptoms.

  1. LSVT BIG helps make your movements better, with a physical therapist or occupational therapist working with you based on what you need.  
  2. LSVT LOUD, on the other hand, is a specialized speech therapy program designed to enhance your vocal strength and clarity.  

What is LSVT BIG?

Living with Parkinson's disease can make everyday tasks feel like a battle. Simple things like getting dressed or walking across the room can become a struggle because your movements become smaller and slower.

LSVT BIG targets Parkinson's disease-related movement limitations by focusing on bigger and more controlled movements. While the program name references "voice," our physical therapists and occupational therapists will help you focus on retraining motor function for improved daily activities.

Here's how LSVT BIG works:

Comprehensive Muscle Engagement

LSVT BIG isn't your average exercise as it focuses on using large, full-body movements to retrain your muscles and nervous system. This "moving big" approach helps restore your natural range of motion and improve movement through your everyday life.

Focused on Functional Tasks

LSVT BIG goes beyond short exercise sessions as you'll also practice using these big movements during everyday activities, like getting dressed, writing, or getting in and out of bed. 

Custom Parkinson's Support

No two people with Parkinson's are exactly alike and that's why LSVT BIG is customized to your specific needs and goals. Whether you want to improve basic tasks or get back to your favorite hobbies, the treatment program can be adapted to fit you. 

What is LSVT LOUD?

Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) may experience a decline in vocal loudness, leading to communication difficulties. The LSVT LOUD program offers a targeted speech therapy approach to improve vocal projection for those with PD.

Here's how LSVT LOUD works:

Retraining Your Brain for Speech

LSVT LOUD takes advantage of your brain's amazing ability to learn and adapt (neuroplasticity). This intensive therapy helps people with Parkinson's disease (PD) "calibrate" their voice volume. Many with PD mistakenly feel they're speaking loudly when they're not and LSVT LOUD helps them recognize their normal vocal range.

Speak Clearly, Speak Confidently

This speech therapy targets loudness, articulation (how you pronounce words), and intonation (the rise and fall of your voice). By retraining how you process vocal information, the program aims for long-lasting improvements in how clearly and loudly you can speak.

Making Improvements Last

LSVT LOUD isn't a one-time fix and lasting results require continued practice, self-awareness, and focus on specific actions are key. Your speech therapist will track your progress throughout the program with the ultimate goal of seeing steady improvement.

Benefits of LSVT Programs

The beauty of LSVT is that it tackles both communication and movement. This means:

  • Moving with Confidence: LSVT BIG can help you regain confidence in your movements, allowing you to navigate your daily life with ease.
  • Improving Speech: LSVT LOUD empowers you to speak at a normal volume, so you can connect clearly with loved ones.
  • Improving Quality of Life: By regaining control of your movement and voice, you can experience a dramatic improvement in your overall well-being and independence.

How Can Moreau Physical Therapy Help With LSVT? 

At Moreau Physical Therapy, we offer the LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG programs, proven methods to manage your symptoms.

This evidence-based program requires a four-week commitment, with participants attending one-hour sessions four days a week, followed by daily exercises to reinforce progress at home.

If you're interested in exploring the benefits of LSVT LOUD, LSVT BIG, or our supportive group sessions, Moreau Physical Therapy is here for you. We can help you determine if you're a candidate for this treatment plan and guide you through the process.

Ready to take back control of your life? Contact Moreau Physical Therapy today at 855-483-6673 to learn more about LSVT therapy and how it can benefit you.

Current Locations Offering LSVT Programs

Highland Park Baton Rouge: LSVT BIG

Carencro: LSVT BIG


Central: LSVT LOUD

Zachary East: LSVT BIG & LSVT LOUD