Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we provide highly effective treatment for scoliosis sufferers who don’t wish to undergo surgery for their condition. Our treatment courses use the ScolioGold method
to get great results for the patient without any surgical intervention – visit our Testimonials
page to see some of the (unsolicited!) feedback we’ve received from our patients over the years.
It all starts with a scoliosis screening
We cannot accept any patient onto a ScolioGold course until they have attended an initial consultation
with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team and undergone a scoliosis screening
. These screenings are usually conducted here at the Clinic (view address
), although we can arrange to do them via telephone or Skype if you live further afield.
Reminder: We treat scoliosis sufferers from all over the world!
If you choose to undergo a scoliosis screening via Skype or over the phone, you will need to send us photographs of your back and/or your latest X-rays in advance so that we can provide an accurate assessment of your condition. These images can be sent via post or email.
What a scoliosis screening looks for
At your initial screening, your Scoliosis SOS consultant will be looking for the answers to the following questions:
- How severe is your condition?
- Is there an identifiable cause?
- Will ScolioGold treatment benefit you?
The appointment will last 40-60 minutes, and you will have ample opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
How to book your scoliosis screening
To book your initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, please fill out our enquiry form below and we will be in touch as soon as possible. If you would rather book your scoliosis screening over the phone, give us a call on 0207 488 4428
You can also get in touch with us to talk about our scoliosis screening process if you would like to gather more information before booking – the Scoliosis SOS team are always on-hand to help!
Scoliosis is relatively uncommon amongst young children. In most cases of scoliosis, the patient’s spinal curve doesn’t develop until adolescence, and so the majority of the people we treat here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are at least old enough to be in secondary school.
However, that’s not to say we haven’t welcomed our share of younger patients to the Clinic – in fact, we’ve treated scoliosis in children as young as 4!
How does our treatment differ when the patient is a young child?
One of the most difficult things about treating scoliosis in young children is judging whether or not any treatment is even required. If the child is still growing, there is a chance that their spinal curve will straighten itself out over time; however, it’s also possible that the curve will progress (grow more severe), and this in turn can affect the development of other parts of the patient’s body, including vital internal organs.
For this reason, observation is absolutely crucial when treating a young scoliosis sufferer. It’s very important to know whether the curve is progressing, improving, or simply staying the same, as this will determine the most appropriate course of action. Best practice is to take regular X-rays and monitor the patient’s condition for a time before deciding what treatment – if any – is required.
The treatment courses
we deliver are somewhat different for younger patients, but the key principles remain the same: instead of correcting the spine’s curve using surgical methods or a scoliosis brace, we achieve huge improvements via an exercise-based treatment programme. Our chartered physiotherapists
use a range of therapeutic techniques (including those listed here
- Reduce the patient’s Cobb angle
- Improve posture and muscle strength
- Increase mobility
- Relieve pain
- Enhance the patient’s quality of life
Our ScolioGold courses are a popular choice amongst parents whose children suffer from scoliosis. Many young children have been brought to our clinic because their parents were understandably reluctant to wait and watch their child’s scoliosis get worse, or to put them in for surgery without first exhausting all possible alternatives. The treatment we offer is safe and demonstrably effective – again, we invite you to view these before and after photos
of some of our youngest scoliosis patients.
If you or your child suffer from scoliosis, please contact us today to arrange an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out more about how we may be able to help.
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we treat scoliosis
using something called the ScolioGold method
. This is our own unique approach to scoliosis therapy, and it combines a number of different techniques from all over the world to get the best possible results for scoliosis sufferers.
One of the many therapeutic techniques we utilise is called Kinesio Taping
. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, Kinesio Taping promotes healthy muscle movement patterns and helps to relieve pain and inflammation in those who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. Read on to find out more about this technique, or click here
to get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out how we may able to help you.
About Kinesio Taping
The Kinesio Taping (KT) method is the brainchild of Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who developed KT as a means of relieving pain without surgery or drugs. Kinesio Taping has existed as a practice since the 1970s, but it has received greater recognition more recently, with sports stars such as Serena Williams and Gareth Bale wearing it during their matches.
In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, Dr Kase offered the following explanation as to how his invention works:
“Your pain sensors are located between the epidermis and the dermis, the first and second layers of your skin…I thought that if I applied tape to the pain it would lift the epidermis slightly up and make a space between the two layers. This would in turn allow blood to flow more easily to the injured area.”
The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping is supported by multiple studies, which have shown that the KT method is good at protecting injured muscles/joints and providing immediate pain relief.
How Do We Use Kinesio Taping to Treat Scoliosis?
As mentioned above, the KT method is one of many techniques that we incorporate into our ScolioGold treatment courses
for scoliosis sufferers. We’ve found that Taping is a great way to help with the pain
that many scoliosis sufferers experience. Kinesio Taping’s strength lies with supplying immediate, short-term pain relief, but we’ve learned that it can be combined with other therapeutic methods – such as myofascial release
– to give much longer-lasting results.
Kinestio Taping is also a good way to cultivate proper muscle movement patterns in scoliosis patterns. This is important because it helps to prevent the spine’s curve from progressing yet further. While the KT method itself is not capable of correcting a scoliotic curve, it is useful for managing pain/discomfort and promoting healthy movement and posture in conjunction with the other methods listed here
If you suffer from scoliosis and you’re looking for an effective non-surgical treatment method, please get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic today to arrange an initial consultation. If you would rather speak to us on the phone, you can reach us on 0207 488 4428.
can be an incredibly debilitating condition even at the best of times, but when the person with the curved spine is also pregnant, the results can be catastrophic.
Yes, scoliosis and pregnancy are a troublesome combination. The weight of your unborn child significantly increases the load on your spine, and this can cause scoliosis to progress rapidly over the course of the pregnancy. Bearing children tends to leave scoliosis sufferers even worse off than before; post-birth, the mother’s Cobb angle
will often be far greater than it was before she became pregnant, and the symptoms of her spinal curvature far harder to ignore.
Knowing this, many scoliosis sufferers decide never to have children, but if you want to be a parent then you don’t have to let your curved spine get in the way.
How can we help?
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic
, we have helped many scoliosis sufferers to sidestep the problems that often accompany pregnancy when your spine is abnormally curved.
In this video, Nancy Laudon (22, New York City) talks about her wish to have more children and how ScolioGold treatment gave her the confidence to get pregnant again without worrying about her scoliosis progressing.
People with scoliosis frequently come to us and complete a ScolioGold course
before conceiving a child, and our treatment techniques help to keep their scoliosis stable during pregnancy. Many of these patients have also reported that they generally did not suffer from the back pain that commonly affects pregnant women, even those with perfectly healthy spines.
Roz Couch (46, Surrey) came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment in 2006 prior to having any children. Our ScolioGold treatment course reduced her Cobb angle measurement, and as the X-rays below illustrate, this result has been maintained (and indeed reduced slightly further) over the last 10 years and through two pregnancies.
After 10 Years & 2 Pregnancies
January 2016 34⁰ & 38⁰
Roz’s story was featured in Baby Surrey
magazine shortly after the birth of her first child – here’s what she had to say about her experience:
“I had great results in my 4 weeks, reducing my scoliometer reading by nearly 50%…over the months that followed, and continuing the exercises each day, I saw a lot of my old pains disappear.”
“Commitment and hard work are the key but given that option and the option of having surgery, I know which one I would choose every time!“
If you are thinking of having a child, but you are worried about the effect that pregnancy might have on your curved spine, please contact us to book an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out how we can help you.
When Erika Maude founded Scoliosis SOS back in 2006
, she opened a clinic in Martlesham, a village in her home county of Suffolk. Word quickly spread, and patients flocked to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic from miles around, eager to see if the Clinic’s exercise-based scoliosis treatments could give them a better quality of life and eliminate the need for invasive surgery.
In 2009, Erika and the Scoliosis SOS team decided that, in order to better serve the needs of scoliosis sufferers from further afield, the Clinic should relocate to its present-day home in London. Non-surgical scoliosis treatments are still not widely available in a lot of countries, and many scoliosis sufferers wanted to travel to our clinic from abroad but found it difficult to get to a small village in Suffolk.
Left: Our old clinic in Martlesham, Suffolk.
Right: Our current location in the City of London.
By contrast, our current location on Mansell Street in London is easily accessible from just about anywhere. London, of course, is served by several international airports, and Mansell Street is within easy walking distance of several railway stations (Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street) and London Underground stops (Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Gateway and others).
We’re often asked questions regarding the severity of an individual’s spinal curve and whether or not this makes them a suitable candidate for ScolioGold treatment. While there is some debate regarding which treatments are best-suited to different cases, many doctors recommend surgical intervention for those with a Cobb angle of 40-50 degrees or more.
Despite this, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that scoliosis sufferers with a 55 degree curve or more can be successfully treated via non-surgical methods, which help to relieve pain, reduce the visibility of the scoliotic curve, and prevent the condition from progressing further. Here at Scoliosis SOS, we have treated countless patients whose angles exceed the proposed threshold for surgery, with consistently impressive results.
While we have treated curves ranging from 12 to 120 degrees, the majority of our patients fall within the range of 20-65 degrees, with many having explored the possibility of surgery already. One of our previous patients, Veronica Gabinet, had a curve of 55 degrees, and had attempted treatment with a Boston brace to no avail. She came across the Scoliosis SOS Clinic while researching non-surgical treatments online; in the end, she decided against undergoing an operation to treat her spinal curve, and decided to enrol on one of our treatment courses instead.
For Veronica, as for many young people who suffer from scoliosis, the risks associated with surgery were a daunting prospect. Veronica took part in activities such as dance, tennis, and other physically-demanding hobbies, and in cases such as these, a spinal operation can be an extremely restrictive and drastic solution, presenting an entirely new set of problems even as it helps with the scoliosis itself.
In an interview we conducted with Veronica after her treatment with us, she said that she would definitely recommend trying non-surgical therapies before surgery. Despite having a curve of 55 degrees, she was able to see a marked improvement in her symptoms, particularly with regards to her posture. You can hear her full story, and find out more about her experience at Scoliosis SOS here:
If you have a 55 degree curve or higher, and are unsure as to whether our treatment would benefit you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can arrange a professional consultation which will help you to select the best course of action for your individual case.