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BIG Program Now Available at JCHC Rehab and Sports Clinic

FAIRBURY – The LSVT BIG® therapy program is now available at Jefferson Community Health Center’s Rehab and Sport Clinic, offered by Nichole Thorp, physical therapist.

The LSVT BIG® program is an efficacious movement treatment that was specifically developed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The one-month program is administered through a series of 16 private patient sessions.

“LSVT BIG® is a proven successful program for those with Parkinson’s disease, and can help the patient to experience improved quality of life,” Thorp said. “I am very excited to be certified in this high-quality program and to help improve the movement and mobility of people with Parkinson’s disease.”

The LSVT BIG® improves movement for individuals with Parkinson’s disease focusing on the amplitude. As Parkinson’s disease progresses, it causes a person to sense that smaller and smaller movements are their “normal”. LSVT BIG treatments focus on awareness of the small movement patterns and re-scaling them back to larger amplitudes of movement. Treatment utilizes “BIG” in all types of movement from stretches and walking to opening a hand and writing.

Thorp attended training and was certified in The LSVT BIG in St. Louis, MO on April 9, 2016.

The LSVT BIG® therapy is available at Jefferson Community Health Center Rehab and Sports Clinic, Fairbury, by appointment with a physician’s order. The LSVT Global states that LSVT BIG program can begin as soon as a diagnosis is made.

The LSVT BIG® therapy is typically covered by Medicare and private insurance companies. While it is research-proven in helping Parkinson’s Disease patients, it may also be beneficial and insurance may cover for some patients with other medical conditions dealing with sensory perception.

If you have questions about LSVT BIG, please contact JCHC Rehab and Sports Clinic at (402) 729-6840.