LSVT® Therapies

Saint Luke’s speech, occupational, and physical therapists utilize LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG.

These evidence-based rehabilitation programs help improve voice quality and projection, as well as balance and motor control, for patients with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions.

LSVT LOUD

Nearly 90 percent of patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease experience speech problems. These typically start early in the disease process and progressively worsen.

LSVT LOUD can help patients improve their oral communication skills by focusing on vocal loudness, intonation, and quality.

Saint Luke’s speech therapists help patients with such common problems as:

  • Soft voice
  • Hoarse voice
  • Mumbled speech
  • Monotone speech

LSVT LOUD exercises stimulate muscles in the voice box (larynx) to improve patients’ respiratory, laryngeal, and articulatory function. As a result, patients are able to bring their voices to a healthy loudness without strain.

After undergoing 16 therapy sessions, patients typically improve their:

  • Vocal loudness
  • Speech intelligibility
  • Facial expressions
  • Confidence

LSVT BIG

This whole-body therapy program helps patients with movement and sensory-motor function impairments caused by Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Our physical and occupational therapists show patients how to use bigger movements to improve their:

  • Trunk rotation
  • Gait speed and stride length
  • Performance of everyday activities
  • Balance
  • Ability to get up from chairs or other surfaces

Through this training, patients learn how to “recalibrate” their movement to a more normal amplitude and speed. This helps patients regain confidence while walking or performing other everyday activities.

After undergoing 16 intensive therapy sessions, patients typically:

  • Walk faster with bigger steps
  • Improve their balance
  • Increase their trunk rotation

Both LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG programs are covered by insurance and Medicare.

LSVT is a trademark of LSVT Global Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.

Locations

LSVT is offered at the following locations:

News

KMBC: LSVT Big and Loud therapy helps patients with Parkinson's get back to a better life
Saint Luke's LSVT Big and loud therapy helps train Parkinson's Disease patients to over-exaggerate everything to make up for the difficulty to initiate movement.