A comprehensive physiotherapy programme that adheres to the world-renowned Schroth Best Practice.
At the initial consultation, a full specialist physiotherapy assessment is carried out with each patient to establish the most appropriate treatment, according to their spinal flexibility, age and the patient's main concerns. At this initial session, a postural programme and an individual exercise programme will be prescribed so that treatment can start immediately.
These specialist physiotherapy techniques work in tandem with the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss®, normalising the posture through static, dynamic and stabilising control and by utilising gravity to the body’s advantage in gaining and maintaining spinal corrections through over-correction.
The programmes are not general physiotherapy as there is no evidence that general physiotherapy is any benefit to scoliosis patients. These programmes are curve-pattern specific and are individual to the patients’ own postural compensations and flexibility to manage, geared to address the patients main concern– they are bespoke for each patient. Exercises can help to improve the length of the asymmetrical muscles, reduce rotational humps and prominences and prevent curve progression. In small immature curves, the exercises have been shown to help reduce the deformity (reduce the Cobb angle) without bracing.
In our dedicated scoliosis clinic, we have wall bars, poles, bean bags and cushions to help guide the physiotherapy exercises and positions. Exercises are tailor-made and therefore equipment is not always necessary for every patient.
In cases of larger thoracic scoliosis, rotational breathing can help de-rotate the scoliotic curve and stretch the muscles between the ribs which can be shortened or overlengthened. Patients will learn to use rotational breathing within their exercises to add to the 3-dimensional improvements and reduce rib cage deformity.
We provide small group physiotherapy sessions for adolescent scoliosis patients every other Saturday, where they have the chance to meet other teenagers with the condition and have their braces adjusted.
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