Living Your Best Life
Mt Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital Parkinson’s Program has been developed to support people living with Parkinson’s to better understand and manage their condition. The high intensity program, incorporating both LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG®, is aimed at improving a person’s speech and body movements to enhance their function and participation in daily activities.
What is LSVT LOUD and BIG?
LSVT LOUD® is an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s (PD) and other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD® improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism. The treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximise speech intelligibility.
The principles of LSVT LOUD® were also applied to limb movement in people with Parkinson’s (LSVT BIG®) and it is an intensive and complex treatment with repetitions of core movements used in daily living. It has shown improvements in amplitude (trunk rotation/gait), improved speed (upper/ lower limbs), balance and quality of life.
Who is the program appropriate for?
Research has shown that early referral around the time of diagnosis can have a significant impact on slowing the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. Though medications are also highly effective, exercise and lifestyle changes can have a positive outcome on quality of life. As such, people within the early to mid-stages of Parkinson’s are most appropriate for the program.
What will my patients do on the program?
- Clinic consultation with our Rehabilitation Specialist, Dr Simon Chan
- LSVT LOUD® and LSVT BIG® sessions delivered by certified Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists – 4 days per week for a period of 4 weeks
- Individually tailored education on a range of Parkinson’s specific topics including energy conservation, falls prevention, mindfulness, posture and balance.
- Ongoing exercise classes to maintain skills post program
Do you have transport for my patients?
Daily transport for a small fee can also be arranged for your patients residing close by to the hospital.
Do my patients require a referral?
Yes, please fax your referral to 02 9847 5089 or call 02 9847 5086 for further information.
How is the Parkinson’s program funded?
If your patient has comprehensive private health insurance and are covered for rehabilitation they will likely be covered for day program services. Quotes may be obtained if your patient is self-funded.
Do you have self care accommodation?
Onsite self-care accommodation can be arranged for patients who live in regional NSW or interstate.