Therapy Solutions for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Neurological Disorders

LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatments) Global is a program that provides innovative and clinically-proven methods for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and possibly other neurological conditions.  

Lakeland’s certified clinicians treat patients using this program in three convenient locations in southwest Michigan—Coloma, Niles, and St. Joseph.

To view a video demonstration of LSVT, visit

LSVT LOUD® Raise Your Voice
Speech Therapy

Woman taking speech therapyDeveloped in 1987, this research-based speech therapy approach has been used to treat more than 30,000 patients with motor speech disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease. Focused on a single goal – speak LOUD! – the treatment improves clarity and volume of speech for improved communication. The treatment does not train people for shouting or yelling; rather, LSVT LOUD uses loudness training to bring the voice to an improved, healthy vocal loudness with no strain.

At Lakeland, speech therapists work with patients in 16 sessions over a four week period (four individual 60-minute sessions per week) to improve:

  • Articulation
  • Intonation
  • Vocal loudness
  • Voice quality

Recent research studies have also documented the effectiveness of this therapy in improving disordered articulation, diminished facial expression, and impaired swallowing. Additionally, two brain imaging studies have documented evidence of positive changes in the brain following administration of the therapy.

LSVT BIG®  Big Movements, Big Results
Physical and Occupational Therapy

Man doing back stretches with trainerLSVT LOUD principles were used to create LSVT BIG, a program specifically designed to increase the size and quality of body movements in individuals with Parkinson’s 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 better movement into everyday life.

At Lakeland, physical and occupational therapists guide patients through specific exercises in 16 sessions over a four week period (four individual 60-minute sessions per week). Lakeland occupational and physical therapists lead patients through repetitive, whole-body, large-motion exercises that “retrain” the brain to make bigger movements for improved:

  • Balance
  • Step length
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Body awareness

With improved movement and more confidence, you’ll notice more ease when…

  • Walking
  • Getting up out of a chair
  • Getting into and out of a car
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Performing activities, such as dressing, eating, and handwriting

Take the First Steps

While both LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG can help improve function at any stage of Parkinson disease and other conditions, the treatment is most effective when started early. Don’t wait to improve your quality of life.

To learn more about this program, contact your nearest LSVT site. A physician’s referral is required to begin therapy.

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Niles
Niles-Buchanan YMCA
905 N. Front Street
(269) 683-6800

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Health Park, St. Joseph
3774 Hollywood Road
(269) 428-2799

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Coloma
7040 Red Arrow Highway
(269) 468-4318 

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