If you suffer from scoliosis
, you may have been told that you need surgery in order to correct the curvature of your spine. Many people undergo scoliosis surgery each year, but while these procedures can deliver the desired results, there are a number of reasons why a scoliosis sufferer might decide against surgical correction. Surgery always comes with a certain level of risk, and scoliosis surgery specifically can, on rare occasions, lead to complications such as vertebral degeneration and pseudarthrosis.
Should I refuse to undergo scoliosis surgery?
If your scoliosis is particularly severe (for example, if the angle of your spinal curve exceeds 45°) then surgery may be the only effective treatment option.
However, many scoliotics find that it is possible to overcome the symptoms of their condition without surgical intervention. Erika Maude, founder of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, is a prime example: she was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, and was offered spinal fusion surgery when she was in her teens. At that point, her spine exhibited a 42° curve; however, Erika refused surgery and instead sought non-surgical treatment using the Schroth method.
This treatment worked, and Erika is no longer affected by the symptoms of scoliosis.
What's the alternative to scoliosis surgery?
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we treat scoliosis sufferers using our own ScolioGold method. This 4-week programme combines elements from the aforementioned Schroth with a number of other therapeutic methods, including:
- FITS (Functional Independent Treatment for Scoliosis)
- SEAS (Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis)
- Kinesio taping
- Myofascial release
Together, these therapeutic methods help to relieve the pain caused by scoliosis while reducing the patient's Cobb angle
and improving their quality of life in general.
How can I find out if non-surgical scoliosis treatment will work for me?
We recommend that you book an initial consultation
at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic – this will allow our scoliosis consultants to assess the severity of your condition and make an informed decision as to whether or not ScolioGold treatment would be an effective alternative to surgery in your case.
The physiotherapists here at Scoliosis SOS treat patients using the ScolioGold method. This approach combines a number of non-surgical scoliosis treatments (including the Schroth method) in order to provide unparalleled relief from the effects of spinal curvature.
One of the techniques utilised by our ScolioGold therapists is myofascial release. In this blog post, you’ll learn all about myofascial release, how it works, and how we incorporate it into our highly effective treatment courses
What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release therapy was conceived in America in the 1940s. The technique is based on the medical findings of such practitioners as Dr Ida Rolf and Andrew Taylor Still (the founder of osteopathy, another method that we incorporate into our ScolioGold courses).
Myofascial release (commonly abbreviated to MFR) is a form of soft tissue therapy that can help to relax the muscles, improve circulation, and stimulate the patient’s stretch reflex.
How can myofascial release help scoliosis sufferers?
We have found that MFR often helps to relieve the pain caused by scoliosis and other musculoskeletal disorders. If the condition is restricting the patient’s movements, myofascial release can help with this, too.
As stated above, myofascial release is just one of the many methods we utilise here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. This particular technique does not aim to reverse the spinal curvature that’s present in patients with scoliosis; rather, it helps to relieve pain and improve circulation/mobility whilst complementing the corrective exercises espoused by the Schroth method and some of the other therapeutic techniques we use.
For more information about myofascial release and the many other methods we use here at Scoliosis SOS, please visit our main ScolioGold page. If you are a scoliosis sufferer and you would like to arrange a consultation with a member of our team, please click here and you will be directed to our contact page.
Idiopathic scoliosis can develop at any stage of a person's life, but it most commonly arises between the ages of 10 and 15. With this in mind, it's no surprise that teenagers account for such a large percentage of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's patient base – as you can see here
, we treat a lot of people in their mid-to-late teens, and our courses consistently help adolescent patients to overcome the symptoms of scoliosis at a relatively young age.
How does scoliosis affect teenagers?
Scoliosis can cause back pain, muscular imbalance, and compromised breathing, and these symptoms can have a hugely detrimental effect on the quality of one's life at any age. The condition can also have a noticeable impact on one's appearance – common effects include:
- Visible spinal curvature
- Uneven shoulders/legs/hips
- Clothes not fitting properly
While these issues can be distressing no matter how old you are, they are often especially damaging when the patient in question is a teenager. The visible effects of scoliosis often lead to reduced self-esteem and a negative self-image, and the emotional repercussions can often be just as problematic as any physical difficulties experienced, if not more so.
Non-surgical treatment courses
Our ScolioGold therapy
courses have proven extremely effective in the treatment of scoliosis and similar spinal conditions, and as previously mentioned, they have helped countless teenage patients to achieve marked improvements. But don't take our word for it - listen to the feedback we received from Phoebe, Madeline and Ava, three teenage girls who completed treatment courses at our clinic last year:
Our four-week courses utilise a variety of proven treatment methods
to combat the effects of scoliosis without the need for surgical intervention. Course dates
are flexible, allowing teenagers to receive treatment around school/college and other commitments.
How to book your initial consultation
If you or your child suffer from scoliosis and you wish to arrange a consultation with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team, please fill out the form on our Contact
page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team for more information on scoliosis in teens!
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
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.
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
"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.