Freudenthal Home Health Blog

Freudenthal Home Health salutes family caregivers in the St. Joseph, MO area who are giving wonderful care and help to their senior loved ones each and every day. Our goal with this blog is to give information and resources to help and support St. Joseph, MO area family caregivers.

It's Time To Get BIG For Parkinson's!

Have you heard of LSVT Big? It’s a great program that is changing the lives of people suffering the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. LSVT BIG trains people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to use their body more normally.  People living with PD or other neurological conditions often move differently, with gestures and actions that become smaller and slower. LSVT BIG effectively trains improved movements for any activity, whether “small motor” tasks like buttoning a shirt or “large motor” tasks like getting up from a sofa or chair or maintaining balance while walking. The treatment improves walking, self-care and other tasks by helping people “recalibrate” how they perceive their movements with what others actually see. It also teaches them how and when to apply extra effort to produce bigger motions – more like the movements of everyone around them.

This therapy can only be administered by certified physical and occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapist assistants. Freudenthal is proud to offer this amazing therapy. Maureen Raffensperger, PT, DPT and Stephanie Hughes, PTA are leading the way in helping PD patients maintain and even regain movement and mobility to continue the activities of daily living. For more information about this amazing program, call us at 816-676-8050!

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