Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we specialise in the non-surgical treatment of spinal conditions such as scoliosis
. Our approach combines a variety of different methods, including various types of exercise, physical manipulation and more.
For sufferers of scoliosis and other spinal conditions, uneven posture can be a persistent problem, causing pain and discomfort as well as impacting the individual's outward appearance. For this reason, postural correction is one of the goals we work towards during our ScolioGold
treatment courses, the aim being to produce lasting posture improvement for the patient.
How do we achieve posture improvement for our patients?
Successful posture improvement is achieved by tailoring treatment to the specific needs of the patient, depending on their individual condition and the symptoms they experience.
While scoliosis (a sideways curvature of the spine) can lead
to postural problems, the idea that scoliosis is caused
by bad posture is a common misconception
. There is no evidence to suggest that poor posture can lead to the development of scoliosis, which sometimes arises because of an underlying neuromuscular/skeletal condition but which is idiopathic
in the majority of cases. In contrast, hyperkyphosis (a forward curvature of the spine) can
be caused by poor posture
, with an estimated 20-40% of adults developing this deformity at some point in their life.
Since we treat different types of spinal curvature in patients of all ages and backgrounds, it is highly important for us to ensure that our treatments target the specific areas in need of improvement. We do this by using a selection of carefully-chosen corrective methods while also accounting for the impact and limitations caused by other aspects of the patient's condition. In addition, each patient is also provided with an exercise programme to perform at home in order to ensure lasting results.
What methods are used?
Here are some of the posture improvement methods we use here at Scoliosis SOS:
This programme of individually-adjusted exercises is used to eliminate myofascial restrictions and build a series of new, corrective posture patterns.
This technique is used to promote correct muscle movement patterns while also reducing pain and inflammation. The tape, which has been worn by such famous athletes as Serena Williams and Gareth Bale, works by acting as an elastic reminder for postural control.
This treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into points of the body to reduce pain, improve blood flow and promote healing. Acupuncture is used to target pain caused by muscular imbalances and postural asymmetry.