LSVT BIG exercises aid in Parkinson's treatment by addressing bradykinesia -- slow movement -- which is common in patients with the disease, according to PARKINSONian.org. The exercises teach people to think about exaggerating movements. This helps patients function better in daily activities such as standing up, dressing and walking.
Parkinson's patients often do not perceive their bodies' movements accurately, explains PARKINSONian.org. Patients sometimes believe they are operating normally when their motions are, in reality, limited. LSVT BIG certified physical and occupational therapists work individually with patients for four weeks so that they learn to attempt big motions naturally. This helps compensate for movement limitations inherent to Parkinson's.