Parkinson's Disease Treatment
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that, over time, affects and limits movement. However, as time progresses, symptoms can become much worse. Although there is no cure for this disease, proper treatment can markedly improve symptoms. Occupational Therapist, Hima Dalal, is LSVT BIG certified and committed to helping improve the quality of life of individuals suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
What causes Parkinson's disease?
Symptoms of Parkinson's disease are caused by low levels of dopamine, a brain chemical involved in controlling movement. As the brain slowly stops producing dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions. Although the cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, genetic makeup and environmental triggers appear to play a role.
Symptoms of Parkinson's
Impaired voice or soft, slurred speech
Abnormal sleep patterns, including daytime sleepiness, early awakening or restlessness
Fatigue, dizziness and poor balance
Anxiety or Apathy
Treatment for Parkinson's
LSVT BIG is delivered by occupational therapist, Hima Dalal. Treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson disease.
The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and carryover of your better movement into everyday life! For more information on LSVT Big, please visit http://www.lsvtglobal.com.