By McKenzie Millis, Healthcare Marketing Specialist
Voice loudness and quality can be constant battle to overcome for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease. An estimated 89% of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease have a speech disorder, but only 3-4% of these people receive voice treatment.
LSVT LOUD®, an effective speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions often makes significant vocal improvements improving the quality of life for those suffering from the disease.
LSVT LOUD, named for Mrs. Lee Silverman, was developed in 1987 and has been scientifically studied for nearly 20 years with funding support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health.
Published research data support improvements in vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for individuals with Parkinson’s who received LSVT LOUD, with improvements maintained up to two years after treatment. Recent research studies have also documented the effectiveness of this therapy in improving the common problems of disordered articulation, diminished facial expression and impaired swallowing.
The Rehabilitation Center in the Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative and individualized physical therapy through a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants and technicians. Whether welcoming individuals from outside Shell Point or residents from within the community, the Larsen Pavilion provides the best quality of care available. Specialized programs include orthopedics, stroke care, memory care, dysphagia, pain management, and low vision. A dedicated occupational therapy suite and aqua therapy pool are also available. To learn more about the Larsen Pavilion, or to register for an upcoming inpatient rehab stay, call 239-415-5432.