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St. Rose therapists receive BIG training, help Parkinson's patients

Sister Mary Vuong, center, St. Rose occupational therapist, leads Harold and Velda Hudnall in BIG Therapy exercises. Sister Mary and two other St. Rose therapists have BIG training to help patients such as Harold who has Parkinson’s. Velda is learning so she can help her husband with his exerci...

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Therapists at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center have offered guidance to the local Parkinson’s Support Group but they wanted to take it up a notch.
The result is special training in an exercise program to help patients with Parkinson’s 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 ...

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