HRMC Therapy Staff Certified in Parkinson Disease Therapy
October 14, 2015
HURON, S.D. – A new therapy program offered at HRMC for Parkinson disease patients is retraining their brains and bodies to make the expansive movements many have lost due to impaired sensory awareness of their own movements.
Susan Fuerst, physical therapist, Saren Kahre, physical therapist assistant, Marie Langbehn, occupational therapist, and Katie Nohr, certified occupational therapist assistant, were recently certified in LSVT BIG®. Physical and occupational therapy professionals train patients in increased amplitude of limb and body movement to help improve speed, balance and quality of life.
Kris Gohn, speech language pathologist, has been certified and using the LSVT LOUD® program for several years. LSVT LOUD® treatment focuses on improving vocal loudness and immediate carryover into daily communication enabling patients to maintain and/or improve their oral communication.
During these four-week intensive programs offered at HRMC, Parkinson disease patients meet with therapists four days a week for 60-minute sessions. LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are two distinct and separate therapy programs. LSVT LOUD® addresses effective communication, and LSVT BIG® addresses large movements of the body for daily tasks. HRMC's rehabilitation department is excited to offer these programs to our community.
For more information about HRMC's LSVT BIG and/or LSVT LOUD programs, ask your provider to refer you to HRMC rehabilitation services or call (605) 353-6253.
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