The good news for Parkinson’s Disease patients is a relatively new therapy called LSVT BIG. Michael McKindley, DPT, in our Costa Mesa office was one of the first physical therapists in Orange County to receive certification in this therapy that is showing great results in improving the lives of patients. He has this to say:
“We all know that Parkinson’s Disease is a very debilitating and life changing disease,” said McKindley. “Researchers are working very hard toward finding a cure and reducing the effects of this neurological condition that limits the body’s ability to move and do everyday tasks. There is also good news for patients with this diagnosis. A relatively new physical therapy program called LSVT BIG is having great success in helping patients combat the physical limitations from Parkinson’s disease.
“The idea is to improve the individual’s ability to move and complete day to day tasks. We emphasize tasks that are challenging our patients. For example slow and shuffling gait. We create a program specifically around that patients’ goal and practice and implement strategies that will increase walking speed, stride length, balance and most importantly safely and fall prevention. LSVT BIG combined with our balance and strength training programs is taking Parkinson patients to functional levels we have never seen before.”
ABC News has a great story on the disease discussing both Linda and Michael J. Fox.