14th International Congress
14th international congress

News Release

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Laur, +1 414-276-2145, elaur@movementdisorders.org
MDS Press Room: Rio de la Plata Room, 2nd Floor, Sheraton Buenos Aires
(Late-Breaking Abstract: LB-08)

'Training BIG' Technique Improves
Motor Performance in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

BUENOS AIRES – A new study comparing different types of physiotherapies in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) was presented today at The Movement Disorder Society’s 14th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

A group of researchers in Berlin, Germany found that “Training BIG” (BIG), a technique which focuses on intensive exercising of high-amplitude movements, is a more effective method in achieving continuous improvement of motor performance in PD patients when compared to Nordic Walking (WALK) and domestic non-supervised home exercises (HOME).

In this comparative study, 60 patients with mild to moderate PD were randomly assigned to one of the three physiotherapy methods. Results were measured using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), a tool used to rate severity of PD, and found that BIG showed significantly more improvement in the UPDRS-motor score and was also superior to WALK and HOME in timed-up-and-go and timed 10m walking.

Cynthia Comella, MD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, states “This study is innovative and demonstrates the advantages of certain types of physical activity in Parkinson disease. The ‘Training BIG’ program provides additional evidence that extends the findings of the Lee Silverman voice treatment and suggests that similar techniques may be of benefit in other areas of motor impairment in Parkinson disease. Although these results need to be confirmed, this study provides the impetus for continued investigations into the effects of specific training programs in PD.”

Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, tremor, gait and dystonia. More than 3,500 physicians and medical professionals from 70 countries will be able to view over 1,000 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

The Movement Disorder Society, an international society of over 3,500 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals from more than 90 countries, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about The Movement Disorder Society, visit www.movementdisorders.org.