FLINT TWP. — Max Well Therapy is bigger than ever after recent attainment of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG certification by two more staff members.
Jill Maxwell, owner, and Janine Smith have joined fellow physical therapist Jennifer Wichterman as certified LSVT BIG therapists, specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, according to a press release.
LSVT is an intensive therapy treatment program developed specifically for individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.
Wichterman has been utilizing the LSVT program to treat patients for a little over a year.
“The great thing about the LSVT program is we can alter the nature of the exercises based on the patient’s deficits, creating their own individual program,” said Wichterman. “If we have a patient who is having trouble fastening their seat belt, we can create exercises to get that patient to that goal.”
Because Parkinson’s can affect different people in different ways, this program give the therapists the freedom to modify the exercises to help the patient perform many daily tasks without assistance.
“No two patients who have completed the program have had the same experience. They are all unique,” said Wichterman.
Max Well’s LSVT BIG therapists join certified speech therapist Rebecca Hughes, who provides patients with LSVT LOUD therapy, the speech component to LSVT BIG. Together, BIG and LOUD comprise a full-service Parkinson’s therapy program.
Certified LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD therapists work with patients 4 days a week for 4 weeks. Each session lasts one hour and daily homework exercises are assigned to maximize progress. This intensive therapy program results in countless benefits, including faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, increased trunk rotation, and a louder, healthier voice projection.
Max Well can also utilize the LSVT therapy to treat other neurological conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.
Providing physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy, Max Well has clinics at 1397 S. Linden Road in Flint Township and 414 Perry Road in Grand Blanc. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday by appointment. Visit them online at www.maxwelltherapy.com. — Rhonda Sanders