Scoliosis is a three-dimensional abnormal condition of the spine in which the spine has a lateral curvature. While a slight curve in the spine is normal, a curve that is greater than 10 degrees is typically considered to be scoliosis. The severity can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, can lead to pain and issues with posture and lung function. At Thrive Now Physio, we provide Scoliosis Physiotherapy, with a specialized focus in the Schroth Method.
The Types and Causes of Scoliosis
Idiopathic Scoliosis: This is the most common type, and its cause is unknown. It’s typically categorized based on the age of onset, ranging from infant to adult.
Congenital Scoliosis: This type is due to a bone abnormality present at birth.
Neuromuscular Scoliosis: Caused by neurological or muscular diseases, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
Degenerative Scoliosis: This arises in adults due to the degeneration of the discs and joints of the spine.
What is The Schroth Method?
This method is a nonsurgical option for scoliosis treatment. It’s a specialized form of physical therapy that aims to halt the progression of scoliosis, reduce pain, and improve posture and lung function. It’s based on principles of:
3D self-correction: Teaching the patient to recognize their postural deviations and how to correct them.
Breathing techniques: To reshape the rib cage and improve lung function.
Postural awareness: To maintain the corrected posture during daily activities.
Brigitte Bauer is a Certified Schroth Therapist, Physiotherapist, and Certified IMS/Medical Acupuncture Therapist. She is one of the very few in Canada who is certified to provide the Schroth Method for Scoliosis.
How Physiotherapy Treats Scoliosis
Postural trainingHelps patients recognize and correct their posture.
Breathing exercisesThe Schroth Method uses corrective breathing exercises to improve lung function and expand the constricted areas of the ribcage.
Strengthening exercisesTargeting weakened muscles helps in supporting, lengthening, and stabilizing the spine.
Flexibility exercisesReleasing tension in tight muscles to increase range of motion and reduce discomfort.
EducationTo help manage this condition, awareness of a patient’s unique needs and how to accommodate them is important.
Techniques like manual therapy, modalities, acupuncture, IMS and certain exercises can help in reducing the pain associated with scoliosis.
It’s important to note that while physiotherapy can be very effective in managing scoliosis, the type and severity of scoliosis, age of the patient, and other factors will influence the choice of treatment. Some patients may also need other interventions like bracing or surgery. We will work closely with your medical team to ensure your treatment is effective for you!
If you live in the Cowichan Valley and are struggling with scoliosis, Thrive Now is here to help you feel better. Book your assessment to get started!