Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation Programs
Henry Ford Health System offers several therapy programs to help improve the gait, speech, movement and overall quality of life and functionality of Parkinson's patients. They include:
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Big and Loud Therapy™
As the name suggests, LSVT Big and Loud Therapy™ is designed to help those living with Parkinson's to speak loud and move big.
Taught by specially trained therapists, this intensive, four-week program is ideal for patients who've been newly diagnosed, but appropriate for those at any stage of the disease. It contains two parts:
- LSVT Big™ - physical or occupational therapists perform exercises and teach skills that improve major motor skills like walking, arm and leg movement and balance.
- LSVT Loud™ - speech-language pathologists teach patients how to stimulate voice box muscles, which increases vocal loudness without shouting or yelling.
Patients leave sessions with exercises to continue practicing at home.
Like all Henry Ford rehabilitation programs, the goal of Big and Loud is to help patients reach their fullest potential.
For more information or to register, call the locations listed below.
Parkinson's disease programs are offered at:
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township Campus
Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus (Novi)
Henry Ford Rehabilitation - Allen Park
Henry Ford Wyandotte Physical Rehabilitation
Parkinson's exercise and support group
Focused on helping increase physical and social activity and prevent falls, this group meets from March - November in the Physical Therapy Department of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital – Clinton Township.
Group exercises and conversations make up the majority of the one-hour program, which is led by Henry Ford physical therapist Lisa Johnson, who has 39 years of experience working with patients with neurological and movement disorders and is a certified LSVT Big and Loud™ therapist.
For details about the support group, call (586) 263-2480.
Other Henry Ford therapy programs geared toward increasing Parkinson's patients' overall health and wellbeing include:
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Balance and vestibular rehabilitation
- Falls Prevention Clinic
- Tai chi