Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominantly dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.
Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease.
Motion Matters Physical Therapy offers a unique treatment protocol for Parkinsons’ disease called the LSVT Big Method. To understand how LSVT BIG can help, it’s good to first know how Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects movement. The most commonly reports issues are:
- Direct motor impairment, including slower movements (“bradykinesia”) and smaller movements (“hypokinesia”), tremors, difficulty with posture and balance (sometimes causing falls) and “freezing” or “motor block” episodes of temporarily being unable to make or continue a movement
- A mismatch between how you think you’re moving, standing or sitting and what you’re actually doing — what feels normal to you may really be a much smaller and/or slower movement, while what looks normal to friends and family may feel too big to you.
- Not realizing that your posture may have changed or that your arms may not swing naturally as you walk.
- Difficulty remembering to use bigger movements consistently in daily life, even when you know you should.
LSVT Big helps people with Parkinson disease to use their body more normally. Contact Motion Matters to schedule an appointment with one of our Sanger, CA physical therapists.