St. Rose Rehab therapists receive BIG training to help Parkinsons patients

The result is special training in an exercise program to help patients with Parkinsons Disease (PD) and other conditions.

The program is called BIG, which is not an acronym. It refers to the literally big movements that address unique physical impairments, explained Pam Perry, St. Rose Rehab Services program director.

We are educating patients about the value of these big movements, said Perry, licensed certified occupational therapist assistant. The goal is to encourage patients to use bigger movements automatically in everyday living.

For example, when Parkinsons patients walk with small steps they think they are walking with normal steps. Through the program, therapists teach them to walk big.

Bigness is what the patient feels in order to have movements that are within normal limits, Perry said. The long-term, positive effects can be remarkable.

Our team can inform patients about the value of increasing the scope of their limb movements, Perry elaborated. We concentrate on a variety of areas, including rotation, gait, improved speed of arms and legs, balance and quality of life.

In addition to Perry, two other St. Rose therapists successfully completed training at Kansas City, Mo. They are Sister Mary Vuong, registered occupational therapist; and Kim Partlow, licensed certified occupational therapist assistant.
Each recently completed all requirements and earned BIG certification.

This is another example of how St. Rose supports our continuing education efforts, Perry commented. We are always seeking ways to add to or refine our skills to provide high-quality patient care.

The three of us chose this program, in part, to enhance our contribution to the Parkinsons Support Group, she added. We are excited about the BIG program and believe we can make positive changes in the daily lives of our patients.

The next group meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.

BIG is an adjunct of the Lee Silverman Voice Training, which is called LOUD.

St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center (St. Rose ASC) serves a population of 60,000. St. Rose ASC is located in Great Bend, Kansas. St. Rose ASC's state-of-the-art technologies include urgent care clinic, same-day surgery, cancer care, physician clinics, imaging (x-ray), laboratory services, outpatient therapies (including physical, occupational, speech and respiratory), home health and hospice, and the sleep disorder center. Affiliated with Centura Health, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is committed to serving the health care needs of our communities.