Over the years, we have treated a lot of patients from Birmingham and the surrounding area! We love helping people of all ages to manage their back problems and regain their independence.

To celebrate the recent opening of our new scoliosis clinic in Birmingham, here are a few of our Birmingham success stories...

Lavinia, 44 years old

Lavinia, 44

Lavinia was a housewife and keen gardener who was struggling to cope with her scoliosis. Her spinal curvature was so severe, doctors warned her she might not be able to stand up straight again. Lavinia had been diagnosed with scoliosis in her twenties, but hadn't pursued treatment at the time. It was only when her condition visibly worsened in her forties that she explored our exercise-based therapy options.

" I feel so much better about my body and I have gained so much confidence."

Read Lavinia's Story Here >

 

Nistha, 14 years old

Nishtha, 14

Nishtha from Birmingham was a keen ballet dancer before her scoliosis worsened and started to cause her pain. Medics warned her that she may have to quit dancing, which left Nishtha heartbroken. She was even having nightmares about her condition. Our exercise-based treatment programme allowed Nishtha to get back to doing what she loved and sleep easy again!

"I can finally get back to dancing, and I'm no longer scared about closing my eyes at night."

Read Nishtha's Story Here >

 

Helen, 75 years old

Helen, 75

Helen, a grandmother from Birmingham and another keen gardener, was in severe pain due to her scoliosis. Doctors told her that she had two options: live with the pain or undergo invasive spinal fusion surgery. Luckily, we were able to offer her a third, exercise-based option.

"I am so pleased with the results I have achieved. I truly believed that I was going to need to have my spine fused. I feel like I am back in control and I am getting used to being able to attend to my flowers again without pain."

Read Helen's Story Here >

 

Lucy, 12 years old

Lucy, 12

Lucy was told her scoliosis was so bad that she might not stand up straight again. She had to face the prospect of spinal fusion surgery at a very young age, and she started to lose interest in the activities she loved. Luckily, her parents discovered our clinic and were able to bring her to us for a 4-week course of treatment. Her condition is now under control and she is no longer a candidate for surgery.

" I feel like myself again."

Read Lucy's Story Here >

 

Emily, 19 years old

Emily, 19

Emily, a passionate scuba diver, was told she might have to give up her dreams after she was diagnosed with scoliosis at 19. Internet research led her to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, and our therapists helped Emily to regain her confidence and improve her spinal curve. Now, she's going to university to study marine biology and can get back to doing the scuba diving she loves.

"I have my confidence back, and I am ready to throw myself into university and get back to going on as many scuba diving holidays as I can fit in!"

Read Emily's Story Here >

 

James, 15 years old

James, 15

James, a keen tennis player from Birmingham, thought that his sporting career would be cut short due to his condition. He was in excruciating pain and found his time away from tennis soul-destroying. He wanted to find a scoliosis treatment that would still allow him to pursue his dream career as a sports therapist. He came to us for treatment and is now back to playing tennis regularly!

"It was amazing to believe that even though my spine was curving, I could prevent it from getting worse by doing a few simple movements. It has given me a new lease on life and I'm looking forward to the summer as I missed out on so many tennis games."

Read James' Story Here >

 

Ayesha, 18 years old

Ayesha, 18

Aspiring model Ayesha was left devastated when her curved spine started to impact her career prospects, but she wasn't going to let scoliosis stand in the way of her dreams. She came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment and continues to exercise every day to improve her posture. Ayesha has grown to be over an inch taller since visiting the Scoliosis SOS Clinic as her spine continues to straighten.

"I started to feel a change after a week. I started to feel a lot more comfortable. The visual effects became more apparent after a month, and my lung capacity has improved."

Read Ayesha's Story Here >

 

Paige, 13 years old

Paige, 13

This young kickboxer from Birmingham was distraught after she was told she'd need metal rods in her back to correct her scoliosis curvature. The surgery would prevent her from training or competing in the sport she loves, as a blow to the spine could be really damaging. Using a range of equipment and exercise techniques, Paige has learnt how to elongate her back and prevent her spinal curve from getting worse, so she's been able to get back to kickboxing.

"With Paige having won the UK and European championships in kickboxing, we are all hoping that by avoiding the operation she can carry on with the sport she enjoys."

Read Paige's Story Here >

If you live in or near Birmingham and you'd like to find out more about our non-invasive scoliosis treatment courses, please contact the Scoliosis SOS Clinic today.

BASRaT Student Conference 2020

The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) is the UK regulator and professional association for sport rehabilitators. On Friday 14th February, the University of Nottingham hosted its third student BASRaT conference.

What is the student BaSRat conference?

The student BASRaT conference allows sports injury and rehabilitation students from all over the UK to participate in a day of continued professional development via workshops and talks from keynote speakers.

How were Scoliosis SOS involved?

This year, our Birmingham satellite therapist Sian - a University of Nottingham graduate - delivered an educational talk to conference attendees.

Sian's speech covered:

  • Scoliosis education
  • Screening tools that can be used to detect scoliosis
  • Current treatment options provided by the NHS
  • Our in-house ScolioGold method

Here's what Sian had to say about the 2020 BASRaT conference...

"This was a great opportunity to go back to my own university and raise awareness to future sport rehabilitators who are sure to come across patients with scoliosis at some point during their practice. It is a subject that is often overlooked and certainly not explored in depth as part of undergraduate courses, so providing these talks regarding the anatomy changes and screening tools for scoliosis is so important!"

Sian has received some great feedback from the students, some of whom have already expressed further interest in gaining work experience with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic!

About Scoliosis SOS   Our Birmingham Clinic

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We at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are huge advocates for scoliosis self-correction and treatment through exercise!

If you're suffering because of your scoliosis, there are a lot of things you can do to relieve pain and prevent your spinal curve from worsening. One of these things is active self-correction (ASC), just one of the many treatment methods that make up our ScolioGold therapy programme.

Active self-correction is often referred to as the scientific exercise approach to scoliosis treatment. It involves a series of movements designed to stabilise the scoliosis curvature. Our ScolioGold therapists teach you how to actively self-correct by standing you in front of a mirror and showing you how you can physically unbend and de-rotate the curve in your spine.

 

Active Self-Correction

As much as we'd love to teach you how to actively correct your scoliosis with a few simple instructions, every spine is unique, and each patient needs to be taught how to correct their own curvature. See one of our patients actively self-correcting their scoliosis curvature in this video:

You can see how this patient's spine moves into a much better position with a few simple, conscious movements. These movements are often called:

  • Activation - 'unlocks' the curvature from its resting position
  • Correction - encourages the spine to sit in a more healthy position
  • Repetition - 'locks' the straighter spine in place (this involves retraining the postural control centre in the brain to accept the 'fixed' position)

Now that our patient knows how to get into this position, they will be able to actively correct their curvature over and over again, until it becomes a more natural sitting and standing position.

See more examples of scoliosis self-correction on our Instagram highlights:

See Our Patients Performing ASC >

 

Posture Awareness

Part of active self-correction is developing a better awareness of your posture. We've written numerous blogs about the effects of bad posture on your spine, and unfortunately, people with and without scoliosis fall foul of poor posture all the time. Whether you work in an office, play a musical instrument or make frequent long journeys, you're often susceptible to slouching and (potentially) damaging your spine.

Scoliosis self-correction teaches you to be continually aware of your posture, actively moving and straightening to create a straighter and stronger spine. There are a whole host of postural exercises that you can do to help improve your spinal position - of course, you'll need to practice these exercises regularly if you want to see a significant improvement. Most posture-correcting exercises can be done at home and without any equipment!

Posture-Improving Exercises >

 

If you're interested in finding out more about our exercise-based scoliosis therapy, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0207 488 4428 or submit an enquiry here.

More than 10 million people in the UK are currently living with pain as a result of a musculoskeletal condition, with physiotherapy being recognised as the best treatment option in many cases. Our new virtual presence is designed to give you fast, cost-effective access to your ScolioGold therapist as and when you need it. Our patients travel from all over the world to see us, and for those who are unable to travel to our clinics, we are bringing the clinic to you!

What is Virtual ScolioGold?

Let's face it: sometimes arranging appointments can be a real pain in the back. What we are offering you is an opportunity to get support from your ScolioGold therapist without the need for face-to-face visits, through an online programme which you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

What conditions can we treat virtually?

Our clinic is known for our specialist ScolioGold treatment (tailored for each individual scoliosis patient), which helps patients maintain a more centralised posture during daily activities. Our treatment draws on internationally-recognised techniques for scoliosis correction.

When you are completing your virtual group therapy or virtual check-up appointment, we can see, adjust and tailor your exercises specifically for you and offer you that intensity that may be lacking at home.

However, our virtual treatment is not just for those with scoliosis. We are also able to triage and treat a whole host of common musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sports injuries

Virtual Group Therapy [£60 for 3 hours]

If you have experienced one of our group therapy courses, you will be familiar with exercising in front of other patients with the same condition as you, and our online group therapy is much the same. The only change you may notice is the size of the group.

Each group will have a maximum of 3 patients per 3-hour virtual session. These sessions will be held from 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 during this period of self-isolation. We pride ourselves on creating bespoke programmes for each patient dependent on their goals, so by capping the number of patients we can offer the best quality treatment for our patients.

Virtual Check-Up Appointments (1:1) [£60 per hour]

Our virtual check-up appointments will run very similarly to how they do in-clinic, and will only be held on a 1:1 basis with your preferred ScolioGold therapist. Our administration team will request only one thing from you: four photographs - one of your back while standing, one from either side in profile, and in the Adams forward bend position. This will allow your therapist to highlight any areas of focus for your therapy.

To do this, we will compare back to previous photos and scans that you have had. Your therapist will then take you through a detailed subjective history - we always like to know how your exercises have been going at home and all the new activities you've been doing, plus it's a good opportunity for you to tell us what you are hoping to achieve from the session (and of course in the long term too).

Once your session is complete, you will receive the following by email:

  • A new check-up feedback form detailing any exercise alterations or instructions for new exercises
  • A new home exercise programme to follow

How do you get Virtual ScolioGold treatment?

Virtual ScolioGold is accessible to all through our website or by getting in contact with our administration team by phone or email. If your ScolioGold therapist feels that you are not suitable for Virtual ScolioGold, we will arrange a face-to-face consultation at your earliest convenience.

Instagram: ScoliosisSOSClinic

Twitter: @scoliosissos

Email: enquiries@scoliosissos.com

Phone: +44 0207 488 4428

Whether you're taking your child to see a GP or an orthopaedic specialist, you're going to have a lot of questions about scoliosis and the available treatment options. In this blog post, we'll talk you through a range of scoliosis questions that you may wish to ask your doctor.

Speaking to a doctor

If you've just been diagnosed with scoliosis, there are a number of questions you can ask your doctor to help you gauge whether they're offering you the right treatment plan. It's important to ascertain their knowledge and experience with this condition before you go any further.

Not every GP will have an extensive understanding of scoliosis, particularly if they've never dealt with a spinal curve like yours before. If that's the case, the GP might not be able to offer you the responses to your questions that a scoliosis specialist could.

 

Questions to Ask Your GP

Always be respectful towards your doctor, even if you decide not to pursue treatment with them. Try not to get upset or angry if you don't agree with their assessment of your condition.

  • Have you ever come across a scoliosis case like mine before?

Every case of scoliosis is different, so it's possible that your GP hasn't treated a case of scoliosis like yours before. Doctors who've been working with scoliosis for many years may have patient testimonials and evidence to show that the treatment approach they're suggesting works for cases like yours.

  • Will the treatment you're suggesting help me achieve the results I want?

Each scoliosis patient has different expectations. Some people are most concerned with their appearance while others want to improve their mobility or flexibility. The treatment option that will help you achieve your desired results might not be the one that your doctor is prescribing. For example, a scoliosis brace can help to prevent your scoliosis curvature from getting worse, but if your main concern is your appearance, you might not want to wear a scoliosis brace all the time.

  • What can I do to improve my chances of success?

With more active approaches to treatment, you might be able to improve your results by following a particular regime or plan accurately, or by doing extra activities at home to improve the effectiveness of your treatment. That's certainly the case with our exercise-based therapy programme, which should be continued at home once you've left the clinic.

  • What are my other options if I decide not to try the treatment you're recommending?

If you're nearing the end of your consultation and you're not happy with how it's going, it's completely natural to wonder what your other options are. If your doctor has no other types of treatment for you to choose from, this could be a red flag. Even if the doctor genuinely doesn't have any other treatment options lined up for you, they should be able to refer you to another doctor who can provide additional support and advice.

 

Seeking Specialist Help

If you feel like you've exhausted your doctor's knowledge and haven't got the answer you wanted, it might be time to look elsewhere. Doctors are great, but when it comes to complex conditions like scoliosis, you could be better off speaking to a specialist.

Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we'll invite you to attend an hour-long initial scoliosis assessment with one of our specialist consultants. We can even conduct your initial consultation over the phone or via Skype if you have photos and/or X-rays of your back already.

Before recommending a treatment path, we take 2 measurements of your back: one to assess the rotation or kyphosis/forward bend in your spine, and a second photographic scan of your spine that analyses your back shape and profile. Then we'll summarise our diagnosis, explain our proposed treatment plan and give you an idea of therapy timescales, plus the type of results you can expect to achieve.

Even if you attend one of our consultations, you'll be under no obligation to pursue treatment with us. We want you to be empowered to make a choice about your spinal treatment and ultimately do what's best for you.

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