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Ohana physical therapists get certified in the evidence based LSVT-BIG program for Parkinson’s Disease

The Ohana staff was certified in the LSVT-BIG Parkinson’s Disease program. We now have 6 PTs that are certified LSVT-BIG practitioners. LSVT BIG is an evidence based standardized treatment protocol specific to PD. The LSVT programs have been developed and scientifically researched for the past 20 years with funding from National Institutes of Health. Research on LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of motor function. LSVT BIG trains a single target of amplitude, drives intensive and high-effort practice, teaches the amount of effort required to produce normal movements, translates bigger movements into real world activities, and empowers people with PD with their potential to improve.

Certified LSVT-BIG Trainers/Physical Therapists for OPRS: Kevin Lockette PT, Peggy Hill PT, Michelle Montemayor PT, Derrick Ishihara PT, Martin DeBueger PT, Alison Aldcroft PT.

OTHER: Ohana Pacific Rehab Therapists also trained/certified in John Argue Method, National Parkinson Foundation – Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP) and MOVE-IT: A Guide to Exercise and Mobility for People with Parkinson’s Disease.

We will continue our dedication to provide cutting edge physical therapy services for people with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s Disease Pilot Exercise Class at the Windward YMCA is going viral and will be developed at all 8 Ohau YMCA branches by end of 2013.

The pilot PD exercise class based off of the “MOVE IT” Book and DVD project developed by Kevin Lockette PT of Ohana Pacific Rehab will be implemented for all 8 Oahu YMCA branches as a weekly class. National Parkinson Foundation – Hawaii (NPF-HI) made a $10,000 contribution to the YMCA to cover the labor/training costs for its specialized instructors. The goal is to have the PD exercise classes up and running on a weekly basis at all 8 branches by the end of 2013. You have to be a YMCA member to attend; however, a scholarship is being formed to cover the YMCA dues for those who cannot afford it. More soon…

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