Parkinson’s Disease Rehab

LSVT Big & Loud Treatment Providers

Parkinson’s is defined as a progressive disease. Although each person with the disease will experience different symptoms, one of the defining features is decreased movement and body control. Parkinson’s affects a person’s mobility and ability to communicate in many different ways, but all people diagnosed with this disease suffer from some sort of movement disorder whether it be tremors, slow movement, rigidity, or instability when standing.

Due to the overwhelming community response to the initiation of a Parkinson’s Program, Allied Services Integrated Health System has actively pursued certification of our therapists in a research-based Parkinson’s treatment technique, LSVT BIG and LOUD. Along with traditional therapy interventions, our comprehensive treatment for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) will incorporate LSVT BIG and LOUD techniques. Our therapists are also trained in Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!).

About LSVT BIG and LOUD

The LSVT BIG and LOUD is a highly specialized exercise program designed specifically for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. The program teaches patients to move BIG and speak LOUD based on the principles of amplitude, sensory calibration, and self-awareness of motor patterns (movement) without cognitive overload. Success of the program translates into new motor plans that carry over into everyday activities, thus positively impacting quality of life.

About Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)

PWR!® emphasizes Parkinson’s as a mind-body disease that requires a holistic approach to wellness. Patient education on sleep hygiene, nutrition, stress reduction, etc. are viewed as paramount to treatment success. PWR!4Life™ therapy involves high-intensity aerobic training in conjunction with PD-specific skill acquisition. This combination, which addresses both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, has been effective in improving mobility and quality of life in patients with PD.

Aerobic training programs are customized based on the needs of the patient. It may involve circuit training, agility drills, treadmill training, cycling, etc.

For more information on Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!), call 570-826-3900 or visit Exercise and Parkinson Wellness: What We’re Learning.

Types of Patients

Although higher functioning patients tend to maximize the benefits, LSVT BIG and LOUD programs are designed for all patients with PD in all stages of the disease process. The focuses of BIG movement and LOUD voice can be adjusted to meet the needs of the patient cognitive deficits. As with all therapeutic interventions, severe cognitive and physical deficits will impact outcomes.

LSVT BIG and LOUD protocol is intense and requires the ability to participate 4 times a week for 4 weeks. Any patient can be referred to outpatient therapy for a comprehensive evaluation for physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Following Discharge

Following discharge from an inpatient stay, the patient will continue with the LSVT BIG and LOUD program at one of our outpatient clinics. Patients are encouraged to join our established Parkinson’s-specific exercise class run by an exercise physiologist. We also recommend a 3-6 month follow-up appointment to maintain progress.

Specialized Parkinson’s Therapy techniques are offered at the following locations:

  • Heinz Rehab MAC III 570-830-3900 LSVT BIG and LOUD and PWR
  • Heinz Rehab Spine Center 570-830-3900 LSVT BIG
  • Heinz Rehab at Dallas 570-674-5075 LSVT BIG
  • Heinz Rehab at Pittston 570-655-5200 LSVT BIG
  • Allied Services Rehab Luger 570-348-1360 LSVT BIG and LOUD and PWR
  • Allied Services Rehab at Dickson City 570-489-5107 LSVT BIG
  • Allied Services Rehab at Moscow 570-842-3400 LSVT BIG
  • Allied Services Rehab at Mt Pocono 570-839-3157 LSVT BIG
  • Allied Services Rehab at Taylor 570-562-3971 LSVT BIG

Referrals & Insurance

Because Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, these patients should be evaluated and treated at the time of diagnosis, but can still benefit from therapy at any stage of the disease process. However, the sooner a referral is made the better.

Insurance coverage for this program is provided by most health insurance policies.

For specific questions on how to obtain a referral or health insurance coverage, please call 570-826-3900 (Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding areas) or 570-348-1360 (Scranton and the surrounding areas).

Locations Specializing in Parkinson’s Disease