“Big And Loud” program targets Parkinson’s

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A physcal therapy program called “Big and Loud” is helping patients in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

Peter Arcieri was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about seven years ago.

He says his doctor noticed his handwriting had gotten smaller and the symptoms began to progress over the years.

“He couldn’t walk very easily. It was very hard on his feet, problems with his back, problems with his hips – everything,” says Leslie Arcieri, his wife.

“I was having a tough time walking and getting in and out of bed,” Peter recalls.

Earlier this year, Peter signed up for the Big and Loud program at Rhode Island Hospital and everything changed.

“For the big part of it, it’s actually an evidence based protocol that’s specifically designed for Parkinson’s Disease,” says Nicole Del Greco, Peter’s physical therapist at Rhode Island Hospital.

“Big movement patterns, loud voice. You can see in some of those exercises we’re trying to move as big as we can. A lot of times with Parkinson’s, movement starts to become slow, it starts to become not as big so that’s what we’re trying to do: normalize the movement pattern.”

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