Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition that can affect people of all backgrounds and ages. Several factors can trigger the development of Scoliosis and there are many different methods of managing and diagnosing Scoliosis. Physiotherapy is known for treating musculoskeletal conditions, but can it be used to treat Scoliosis?
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Typically, the spine sits on a straight line from behind. A person with Scoliosis has a curve of the spine. The severity of curvature varies depending on the individual.
The condition is typically diagnosed during childhood or adolescence, but some mild cases may not be picked up until adulthood. However, Scoliosis can develop over time and occur later because of changes in the spine.
Physiotherapy for Scoliosis
Scoliosis can be managed through physiotherapy treatments that aim to correct excessive spinal curvature and muscle imbalances. These imbalances can cause your spine to flex and affect your mobility, function, and postures. Physiotherapy can help reduce or get rid of the pain.
At Gen Physio, we will develop a treatment plan that aims at helping you achieve muscle flexibility. Our physiotherapists will recommend specific exercises depending on whether you have a mild, moderate, or severe case of Scoliosis.
Some of the exercises we recommend for our patients include:
- Upper back rotational stretch.
- Lower back rotational stretch.
- Door frame stretch.
- Side plank thread the needle.
- Split stance with arm reach.
The Schroth Method
The asymmetric postural exercises were developed by Katharina Schroth, who had previously been diagnosed with Scoliosis. The approach involves using asymmetrical postural exercises to reduce pain, improve posture and enable patients to resume normal daily activities. The main aim of Schroth exercises is to elongate, de-rotate, and stabilise the spine.
At Gen Physio, we will recommend suitable exercises that will suit your unique structural difference.
You can manage mild Scoliosis through exercise, scoliosis physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and medical observation. Pilates and yoga can help alleviate pain levels and enhance flexibility in some cases.
The treatment of moderate Scoliosis may involve bracing to prevent further spine curvature. Your doctor may recommend further medical observation or treatment methods depending on the severity.
If Scoliosis becomes severe, scoliosis surgery may be the most suitable treatment option. The decision to take the surgery may be influenced by the way your spine is shaped, your height, or whether other parts of your body are severely affected by the growth of the spine.
Contact Gen Physio Professionals Today!
Finding the right treatment plan for Scoliosis starts with finding an experienced physiotherapist. At Gen Physio, we have extensive experience helping people from Gold Coast, Brisbane, Tweed Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Northern Rivers recover from Scoliosis. We will evaluate your health history and specific needs to offer a more effective treatment plan. Gen Physio also provides mobile physiotherapy services. Contact us today for more information on the treatment options we have available.