Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we are committed to conducting research into our field on a constant basis. This research helps us to better understand scoliosis itself, and in turn, enables us to deliver the best level of treatment to those who suffer from it. To offer you some insight into the topics we have researched recently, here are a few short summaries outlining our aims and findings:

Back pain

Pain Research

The aim of this project was to determine whether or not an intensive 4-week scoliosis exercise programme could decrease patient pain in cases of idiopathic scoliosis, and to ascertain if it could then be maintained. Pain is one of the most common and most debilitating symptoms of the condition for both adults and adolescents, and we therefore wanted to examine whether or not a scoliosis-specific exercise programme would be able to significantly reduce pain.

35 patients took part in this study, and each one was asked to report their pain levels before the course, immediately after the course, and at a check-up session 6 months later. The results were very encouraging, as patients displayed significant reductions in reported pain, as well as displaying further improvements as they continued to use the home exercise programme thereafter.

Cobb angle research

Cobb Angle Research

This research was conducted to determine the impact of a 4-week scoliosis-specific exercise programme on the Cobb angle in subjects suffering from idiopathic scoliosis. The Cobb angle is the angle between the most tilted vertebral bodies above and below the apex of the spinal curve, and has been the standard by which to assess Scoliosis since 1948.

This study involved 11 patients, each of whom were given X-rays by an independent radiographer to compare the Cobb angle before and after treatment. This research displayed significant reductions in the Cobb angle for a range of patients with juvenile, adolescent and adult scoliosis, proving that scoliosis-specific physiotherapy is demonstrably capable of reducing the Cobb angle.

Body image

Body Image Research

For people suffering with scoliosis, body image is often a key motivation for seeking treatment. For this reason, we conducted a study into whether or not an intensive 4-week course of exercises would improve each patient’s body image; we also looked at whether improvements would be rated equally by therapists, a scoliotic rater, and the patients themselves.

82 patients with idiopathic scoliosis rated their own body image, and were also rated by two blinded physiotherapists and a scoliotic rater. Patients reported significant improvements in body image post-treatment, although there were variations between patients’ scores and those of the raters, demonstrating the importance of patient-rated body image in our treatment.

Click here for more detailed accounts of our scoliosis research, or contact us if you would like to find out more about the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and what we can do to help you.
Scoliosis treatment courses

If you've read about the benefits of our non-surgical scoliosis therapy and decided that a Scoliosis SOS treatment course is the right choice for your spinal condition, you may be wondering what the next step is.

Here's how to get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS clinic, arrange your initial consultation, and book a place on one of our ScolioGold courses:

Step 1 - Browse Upcoming Course Dates

Before you contact the clinic, we recommend that you take a look at our list of upcoming course dates to get a rough idea of when you'd like to visit us. Courses typically last 4 weeks, and can either be completed in one go or split into two shorter periods of 2 weeks each.

If neither of these options suit your schedule, we also offer premium "Pick 'n' Mix" courses that allow you to complete your treatment course over a number of shorter periods.

Step 2 - Arrange an Initial Consultation

Once you've viewed our available course dates, head over to our Contact page and submit your details using the form provided. You'll need to give a brief description of your current condition, along with the following information:
  • When your condition was diagnosed
  • The angle of your spinal condition (if you know it)
  • Whether or not you have worn a brace, undergone surgery, and/or received any other treatment for your condition
Once you've entered all of this information, you will have the opportunity to request a consultation with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team. This session can be conducted in person, via Skype, or over the phone - the choice is yours. Consultations can be scheduled for any time between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Step 3 - Book Your Course

The initial consultation allows us to assess your spinal condition in more detail and decide whether ScolioGold therapy would be an appropriate course of action. If so, we will be in touch to help you book a place on the course dates that best suit you. We can also arrange accommodation in London if you will need a place to stay over the course of your treatment programme.

Our treatment courses get booked up very quickly, so don't delay - browse our upcoming course dates now, and then contact us to get the ball rolling!
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is situated on Mansell Street in London, but don't assume because of our location that all of our patients are British! People travel from all over the world to receive scoliosis treatment from our therapists; in fact, 30% of the patients who attend our treatment courses are from overseas. We've met scoliosis sufferers from Australia, Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between, and each of them benefited hugely from the non-surgical therapeutic methods in which we specialise.

This map shows the locations of some of our former patients:


As you can see, our treatment courses have helped people from right across the globe to overcome their spinal conditions. Having looked at that map, you may well be wondering why people go to such great lengths to visit the Scoliosis SOS Clinic – why would someone from Texas or New Zealand or Saudi Arabia travel thousands of miles to undergo treatment at a clinic in the United Kingdom? In other words...

What makes us worth the journey?

We are a team of chartered physiotherapists and consultants specialising in non-surgical treatments for scoliosis and other spinal conditions. Clinics like ours aren’t common – as we often point out, we’re the only non-surgical scoliosis clinic in the UK, but a lot of countries aren’t even fortunate enough to have the one. Every year, countless scoliosis sufferers worldwide are told that surgery is the only effective way to combat their condition; the people who come to our clinic from other countries do so because they discovered (usually via the internet) that there was an alternative after all.

Take Nadia Browne, a teenage girl from New Jersey, USA. As a great lover of sports, Nadia was shocked to be diagnosed with scoliosis, especially when she was told that she would need a nine-hour operation to correct her spinal curvature. Desperate for an alternative solution, Nadia attended started seeing a chiropractor, but after two years, it became clear that these sessions were not having the desired effect.

It was at this point that Nadia's parents conducted an internet search for non-surgical treatment options and discovered the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but the Browne family eventually came to the conclusion that the 3,500-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean would be worth it if Nadia could avoid a risky surgical procedure.

Here's what Nadia herself had to say after completing a ScolioGold treatment course:

"Being told you need to have a major operation is incredibly scary and I am so glad the Scoliosis SOS Clinic gave me an alternative. I have been able to return to all my sports lessons and no longer suffer any pain."

The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is located in London, England. Treatment courses typically last for four weeks, and accommodation is available within the clinic building (details here).

No matter where in the world you live, we would be happy to hear from you – please contact us now to discuss your situation and arrange an initial consultation.
Scoliosis isn’t the only disorder we treat here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. Our therapists have also helped countless people to overcome the symptoms of hyperkyphosis, another spinal condition that causes the patient’s upper back to appear unusually rounded or hunched.

Hyperkyphosis

In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at hyperkyphosis, explore the differences between hyperkyphosis and scoliosis, and detail the ways in which our non-surgical treatment courses can help to combat this condition.

About Hyperkyphosis

Hyperkyphosis affects approximately 8% of the general population. It is a curvature of the spine that specifically affects the upper back, curving the spine forwards between the shoulder blades.

This tends to result in a hunched/rounded posture, and can also cause stiffness and back pain.

Hyperkyphosis vs. Scoliosis: What's the Difference?

Hyperkyphosis and scoliosis can both be described as curvatures of the spine; the difference lies in the direction of the curvature.
  • Hyperkyphosis: Causes the upper* region of the spine to curve forwards.

  • Scoliosis: Causes the spine to curve sideways.
*Excessive forward curvature of the lower spine is known as hyperlordosis.

Kyphotic posture

Hyperkyphosis Treatment Courses

Our internationally-renowned ScolioGold therapy courses are extremely effective in the treatment of hyperkyphosis. We use a number of non-surgical methods (detailed here) to achieve noticeable postural improvement in a matter of weeks, and this in turn helps to alleviate symptoms such as stiffness and pain.

Hyperkyphosis exercises

While our hyperkyphosis treatment courses comprise many of the same key elements as our scoliosis courses, hyperkyphosis sufferers do follow a slightly different programme that specifically aims to encourage straight, upright posture.

Click here for more information about hyperkyphosis, scoliosis, and our non-surgical treatment methods. Alternatively, please contact us now to book your hyperkyphosis treatment course.
Clinic Manager Jason, who has been studying Polish in his spare time, has recently returned from the final of three week-long courses to learn the FITS (Functional Individual Treatment for Scoliosis) method in Wrocław, western Poland. He has been hard at work integrating it into our ScolioGold method and sharing his experience with the rest of team. Therapists Chrissy and Michael really enjoyed their first in-service training session about this Polish scoliosis therapy and have already started using some techniques with their check-up patients.

FITS method

Learn more about the FITS method and the rest of the ScolioGold techniques here.
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