Teton PT: Parkinson's Issue

Newsletter Health &Wellness Cara Sengebush, Chris Smithwick, &Kate Wienman Presents BIG & LOUD PARKINSON’S CLASS

We are very excited to offer our community a movement and voice exercise class for people with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. These types of classes are offered elsewhere across the country and help a person with Parkinson’s maintain their highest level of function. Physical therapist Cara Sengebush brings knowledge and enthusiasm for therapeutic exercise for Parkinson’s and is LSVT BIG® certified. Speech therapists Chris Smithwick and Kate Wienman offer their knowledge of treating voice, swallowing, and cognitive difficulties associated with Parkinson’s. Chris is certified in LSVT LOUD® and SPEAK OUT!® voice therapies for Parkinson’s and facilitated movement and voice classes in Colorado. Kate is certified in SPEAK OUT!®

Movement. This part of the class, led by Cara, will focus on balance and strength, emphasizing large (BIG) amplitude movements. Activities are designed to push back against shuffling gait, rigidity and freezing, and slow movements that can worsen with disease progression. Voice. Communication is at the core of the human condition. This part of the class, led Chris and Kate, will focus on speaking with intent and will include loud, effortful voice exercises to push back against the soft voice, flat affect, and social isolation that can worsen with disease progression. It will also include breath work, movement, and fun tasks to stimulate the brain.

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