Be Strong and Limitless
It’s that time of year when scoliosis gets the spotlight!
I want to take time to recognize the strength, knowledge and brilliance of what my patients have gained from scoliosis specific physical therapy.
Currently, I have patients ages 8-80 with scoliosis here at this clinic. It’s not a limiting diagnosis. I encourage my patients to continue their sport and activity and even try a different one once they have a firm understanding of their specific curve. Knowing the posture cues and incorporating Schroth breathing techniques are the keys to keeping your spine strong and pain free.
Many of my patients excel in volleyball, basketball, strength training, music, yoga,Pilates, running , swimming, gymnastics and karate. There are Olympians, musicians, actors, writers, and a multitude of professionals who have scoliosis and rise above and beyond their diagnosis.
So how is this different from traditional physical therapy?
Scoliosis-specific PT is a unique 3D treatment approach that helps to elongate, de-rotate and strengthen the scoliotic spine.
It goes beyond classic core exercises, as it is not a ‘one size fits all’ routine.
Which is why all of my patients get CUSTOMIZED exercises for their specific curve type that you can’t find while searching the internet.
Here are the benefits of scoliosis specific physical therapy:
- Improved understanding of scoliosis prevention and curve progression
- Improved posture
- Reduced pain
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Improved body mechanics
- Improved breathing
- Improved endurance and tolerance to activities
- Enhanced cosmetic appearance
- Prevention (or delay) of surgery
- Empowerment and enhanced psychological outlook
- Improved bracing compliance/results
- Connection to others with scoliosis
Education and early detection are key to making positive and lasting changes in the scoliotic spine.
If you want to learn more about scoliosis then check out Scoliosis Research Societyand find support in numerous Facebook groups, or at Higgy Bears , Curvy Girls
Share your story at firstname.lastname@example.org and Happy Scoliosis Awareness Month!