Scoliosis

At Advanced Holistic Center, located in New York’s financial district, our practitioners offer a noninvasive, conservative, safe treatment method of treating scoliosis in children and adults.

At Advanced Holistic Center, located in New York’s financial district, our practitioners offer a noninvasive, conservative, safe treatment method of treating scoliosis in children and adults.

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What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine often diagnosed in childhood. Pediatricians usually screen for scoliosis at yearly checkups by asking patients to bend over to touch their toes so they can perform a visual evaluation of the spine. They also may run their fingers along the spine, looking for unusual bumps or other signs of scoliosis.

Scoliosis usually develops gradually and gets worse during a growth spurt. Scoliosis in children is usually not painful and children do not realize it is happening. Parents also very often may overlook it.

As the curve progresses scoliosis starts changing the body. Shoulder and hips or pelvis may be uneven. One shoulder blade may stick out. The spine begins to twist as it progresses into adulthood and may become painful. From the front ribcage may also look uneven and decreases lung ability to expand affecting breathing.

What Causes Scoliosis?

While scoliosis can be the result of a birth defect such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy, most cases of scoliosis have no known origin. Some researchers believe that a genetic component can sometimes be involved.

Is Scoliosis Painful?

Scoliosis in children is usually not painful and children do not realize it is happening. Parents also very often may overlook it.

Scoliosis can be painful, but often is not when it is first diagnosed. If scoliosis is allowed to progress over time without treatment, it can affect discs, joints, muscles, and nerves in the back, causing pain.

How Is Scoliosis Treated?

Not all curvatures of the spine advance or cause problems, so they do not all require treatment. But curvatures that are measurably progressing must be treated in order to prevent the onset of pain, deformities, and serious limitations to movement.

A common method for treating scoliosis is by having the patient wear a brace for up to 23 hours per day, sometimes for several years. The length of time doctors recommends a brace be worn depends on the age of the patient, progression of the curvature, and the goal of treatment — to straighten the curve or simply prevent it from getting worse.

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What Is the Schroth Method?

It is a  non–surgical conservative treatment method for children and adults.

Here at Advanced Holistic Center, we offer patients in and around New York’s financial district the Schroth method — a type of physical therapy — to treat scoliosis.

The Schroth method will teach you how to adopt an improved posture and how to develop the strength and movement habits to maintain it in life (in your activities of daily living).

It involves cognitive, sensory-motor, and kinesthetic training to teach you how to improve your 3D posture and shape.

One of the first components in the Schroth method involves educating a patient and ensuring that a patient knows in full detail the precise 3D presentation of scoliosis in their body.

Your therapist will spend some time teaching you where your curve is located by looking at your radiological findings and clinical presentation and will be explaining which structures are involved and in which way. Treatment and corrective exercises will be tailored to each individual patient based on the curve type presentation

Once you understand precisely where your scoliosis is in your body, we then follow general principles of correction to improve your alignment in 3 D dimensions.  We condition and train you to be able to maintain an improved posture in your daily functions and activities.

Schroth exercises focus on elongation, expansion, de-rotation and strengthening the spine, and strengthening the muscles in the back working on collapses and contractures.

We educate patients on postural awareness. Practitioners use mirrors when teaching patients about postural awareness, so patients clearly understand their goals. We remind patients to check their posture many times per day in an effort to restore spinal alignment.

 

GENERAL PRINCIPLES of corrections include 4 different phases starting from:

Phase 1 -STABLE 3D POSTURAL CORRECTION -working on self-elongation and reaching the best 3 D trunk and spinal alignment

Phase 2- Expansion technique- “ re-shaping “ the body by expanding collapsed areas by utilizing breathing mechanics

Phase 3- Muscle activation- enhancing muscle activation by expansions, tension, and pressure

Phase 4- Integration -integrating what you learned into the activity of daily livings.

This takes time and repetitions so conscious control would become an automatic habit.

 

Goals of Schroth therapy may include:

  • Stop / decrease curve progression or partially correct
  • Improve posture and movement function
  • Decrease pain symptoms
  • Improve breathing capacity
  • Improve brace effectiveness
  • Prevent/delay surgery
  • Improve psychological outlook and quality of life

The MAIN goal is to Prevent progression depending on age, bone maturity, and cobb angle. Schroth training is a long-term commitment to get the best results and success.

We always work closely with orthopedists and orthotists to achieve your best possible results.

 

Why Is Schroth Therapy Preferable?

An important benefit of Schroth therapy is that the exercises are tailored to each individual patient, thereby making the exercises prescribed that much more effective. Moreover, practicing Schroth exercises can shorten the amount of time it is necessary to wear a brace for scoliosis and even eliminate the need for surgery.

Talk to the practitioners at Advanced Holistic Center in New York today about how the Schroth method can help you or your child battle scoliosis.

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