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Parkinson's Disease: It's Not Who I Am, It's What I Have

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system, commonly referred to as a movement disorder, marked by tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity, as well as vocal softness, and slowed speech. In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, however, symptoms can be managed with medication and exercise.

The BIG and LOUD program was recommended by my doctor. Before I started the class, I couldn't get up off the floor but now I can. I have better endurance and balance, and people can understand me better. My Dove Healthcare therapists were friendly and helpful.

Bruce Roberts

be BIG®, be LOUD®

The LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® program is delivered by certified physical, occupational, and speech therapists and geared to help those experiencing beginning to moderate Parkinson's disease symptoms. LSVT programs have been researched for over 25 years with documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson's disease following treatment that include, but not limited to:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living, such as bed mobility
  • Increased vocal loudness
  • Improved articulation and speech intelligibility (the ability to be understood)

Maximize Your Mobility and Voice

Our Dove Healthcare certified LSVT BIG® and LOUD® team is currently accepting patients.

If you would like more information about the program, its benefits, insurance coverage, or making an appointment, please contact our rehabilitation department:

  • Osseo: 715-597-2493
  • South Eau Claire: 715-552-1035
  • West Eau Claire: 715-552-1030
  • Regional Vent Center: 715-723-9341


Parkinson's Disease: It's Not Who I Am, It's What I Have