New therapy to treat Parkinson's Disease

Some Parkinson

Some Parkinson's patients are benefiting from a form of joint physical and speech therapy.

BALTIMORE, MD (NBC) - Parkinson's Disease has got a lot of attention lately with the news that Robin Williams was diagnosed with the disease before committing suicide.

Some Parkinson's patients are benefiting from a form of joint physical and speech therapy.

It's helping them in their day to day lives, and can even slow the progression of the disease.

Todd Hebb is just 62, but five years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Todd did a lot of research and tried physical therapy and other treatments, but it was through his support group that he found out about the LSVT Big program.

Parkinson's patients tend to make their movements like walking smaller, so this outpatient therapy program aims to make their movments bigger through a series of exercises. And its intense - four times a week for four weeks.

Another problem Parkinson's patients tend to have is they speak quieter than they should so at Medstar Good Samaritan, another therapy they use in conjunction with Big is called Loud.

Restoring their speech helps restore the patient's confidence. Todd would recommend them to any Parkinson's patient.

Its helped him get back to life as normal with his family.


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