HGB rehabilitation services now includes LSVT treatments for Parkinson patients

Kelli Heyink, PT DPT, a physical therapist with Hayes Green Beach Memorial hospital, is now certified to provide treatment for individuals with movement disorders related to Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders through LSVT Global, Inc.

LSVT BIG  is a research-based exercise approach developed from principles designed to train individuals with conditions like Parkinson’s disease to use bigger movements in everyday life, and apply those movements anywhere they go.

“The idea is to empower these patients with the potential they have to keep moving and stay active,” Heyink said.  

The treatments are designed to be intensive and incorporate high-effort movement training that focuses on largeness. Patients attend 16 sessions – four consecutive days a week for four weeks. During the one-hour sessions each individual learns techniques that translate into bigger movements for real-world, routine activities.

“The goal is to establish lifelong habits of big practice such as faster walking with bigger steps to improve balance and increase trunk mobility,” Heyink said.

The research behind the methodology suggests patients should not wait until they begin to experience disability, impaired function or loss of balance to start this type of exercise-based physical therapy.  They should start exercising as soon as possible to help alleviate progressive symptoms.

Talk to you primary care physician if you believe LSVT BIG would be a good option for your therapy needs. It is important that LSVT BIG treatments are delivered by a physical therapist who is certified in this method. HGB rehabilitation services are provided in EMPOWER at AL!VE in Charlotte, Mich. To learn more information about LSVT BIG, call 517-541-5800, option 2.