Scoliosis is when you see a person from the back and notice a curve of the spine, one shoulder is higher than the other, the torso is not straight, the arms have a different distance space from the trunk when held at the side, one hip can be higher than the other, you can notice a hump, and many other findings.
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In the x-rays you will see how the vertebrae in the spine rotate and make the curve, the spaces between the vertebrae may also become compressed in some areas and stretched in others. That’s why physical therapy for scoliosis requires a 3-D approach to address the curve from all angles.
The Schroth Method
Is a nonsurgical option that uses:
-Exercises customized for each type of “curve”. The exercises can be performed while standing, sitting or lying down.
-Therapy balls, poles and Schroth bars (as you can see on your left) used to assist in correcting scoliosis.
-A special breathing technique to help derogates the spine.
-Schroth relies heavily on mirrors so the patients develop awareness of their posture.
What can you expect when being treated at Buddies In Motion Pediatric Physical Therapy
– After completing a Schroth program most patients see visible improvement on their scoliotic posture, improvement of the core stability and strength, easier breathing, decreased pain, and improved postural awareness and self-esteem. Keep in mind that the main goal of Schroth exercises is to prevent scoliosis from advancing.
-The program may vary, but typically includes between 10 and 20 sessions that last from 45 minutes to one hour. The length and frequency largely depend on the patient’s tolerance and the extent of the scoliosis. The treatment is individualized and you will be instructed in specific exercises to straighten, centralize and derogates the spine with special corrective breathing and muscle activation techniques.
– A long-term commitment to the Schroth guidelines is necessary to make this treatment successful. The patient will be taught exercises to follow up at home.
– Your insurance plan might not cover this treatment.
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