Posted 12/14/2016

Three employees at Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently earned certification to administer LSVT BIG®. Lee Silverman Voice Treatments (LSVT LOUD® for speech therapists and LSVT BIG® for physical therapists) provide an innovative and clinically-proven method for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The program also has applications for other neurological conditions. LSVT certified therapists train people with Parkinson's disease in intensive whole body amplitude-based training and specific speech interventions.

Those that were newly trained include: Chad DeLancey, COTA, Kevin Spengler, PT, DPT, and Bryn Spengler, PT, DPT, Outpatient Rehab Coordinator. In addition to the three new LSVT-BIG® therapists, Shandi James, MS. OTR/L, Inpatient Rehab Coordinator has been LSVT-BIG® certified since 2013.

"This is one of the most eye opening treatments for Parkinson's Disease that shows immediate changes for my patients. I am very excited and cannot wait for this to become a "BIG" part of our community," said Kevin Spengler PT, DPT.


Research suggests that Parkinson patients should not wait until they begin to experience disability, impaired function or loss of balance to start exercise-based physical and occupational therapy. LSVT BIG® techniques train individuals with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions to use bigger movements anywhere, anytime in daily living.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, call Murray-Calloway County Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 270.762.1854.