With the weather set to take a turn for the worse yet again this weekend, we want to make sure that all Scoliosis SOS patients are ready and prepared for the Beast from the East 2!
Another cold snap may soon be upon us, so please make sure you take the necessary steps to look after your back and stay healthy.
Very cold weather can affect anyone - however, certain people are more vulnerable than others.
You should be particularly careful if:
- you're 65 or older
- you cannot afford heating
- you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
- you're disabled
- you're pregnant
- you have young children (newborn to school age)
- you have a mental health condition
Keeping your home warm can be key to remaining fit and healthy.
Please read the following tips on how to keep your home warm:
- If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition (such as heart or lung disease), heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F)
- Keep your bedroom at 18°C all night if you can, and keep the bedroom window closed
- During the day, you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18°C
- If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18°C if you're comfortable
- Draw your curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- Get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
More top tips for coping with the 'Beast from the East 2':
- Make sure you wear sensible, correctly-fitted shoes. With the ground covered in snow and ice, it is easy to slip and hurt yourself. ScolioGold patients all know how important it is to keep up your exercises to maintain your corrected posture.
- Be sure to stock up your cupboards and make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Staying healthy in the cold weather will mean you are able to exercise and prevent pain and progression caused by your scoliosis.
- Making sure you stay warm is very important as there has been significant evidence to suggest that cold weather can cause an increase in back pain. An increase in back pain can significantly reduce quality of life and can often result in a downward spiral of events.
For further information on how to look after your back this winter and reduce pain cause by scoliosis or hyperkyphosis, please call Scoliosis SOS on 0207 488 4428.
Developed by Dr Hans-Rudolf Weiss, the grandson of Katharina Schroth, the Schroth Best Practice Method® is a form of non-surgical scoliosis treatment that aims to reduce the patient's Cobb angle. This is achieved via a carefully-chosen set of stretches and other exercises.
Schroth Best Practice therapy is effectively a simplified version of the acclaimed Schroth method, which was developed by Weiss's grandmother. The new method was developed based on more recent research, and it adds a number of easy-to-perform exercises to Katharina Schroth's original programme.
Many clinics, both in the UK and elsewhere, use the Schroth Best Practice Method® to treat scoliosis patients who do not wish to undergo spinal fusion surgery. The Best Practice programme is often used in conjunction with a Gensingen brace (also developed by Dr Weiss) to achieve the best possible results for the patient.
Do Scoliosis SOS use the Schroth Best Practice Method® to treat scoliosis?
If you're familiar with the work we do here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, you probably know that the principles of the Schroth method are a huge influence on our own approach to scoliosis treatment; for a time, we were actually the UK's only provider of Schroth-based scoliosis therapy. We believe that Schroth's exercises can be massively beneficial, and we've seen first-hand how effective they can be when it comes to reducing a patient's Cobb angle.
However, we decided some time ago that we shouldn't restrict ourselves to only treating patients using the Schroth method. Scoliosis is a complex condition that can manifest itself in many different ways, and we feel that the Schroth programme only addresses a portion of the overall problem.
So instead of continuing to treat patients using the Schroth method alone, we developed our very own therapeutic programme with a view to treating every aspect of scoliosis. We call it the ScolioGold method, and in addition to Schroth exercises, it consists of...
...and a wide variety of other proven non-surgical treatment techniques. The entire programme is specifically tailored to the needs of scoliosis sufferers, and if our patient testimonials are anything to go by, it's an extremely effective approach that gets real results.
Do you (or a loved one) suffer from scoliosis? Contact Scoliosis SOS now to book an initial consultation.
Doesn't time fly? It feels like only a few months have passed since we celebrated the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's 10-year anniversary, when in reality it's nearly two years later and our TWELFTH anniversary is almost upon us!
Erika Maude founded Scoliosis SOS in her hometown of Martlesham, Suffolk back in 2006. Erika, herself a scoliosis sufferer, had recently chosen to seek treatment abroad instead of undergoing spinal fusion surgery; she was treated using the Schroth method, and the results were very positive indeed. Upon returning to England, she decided to set up a Schroth clinic that would give UK-based scoliosis patients a real alternative to surgery.
And so Scoliosis SOS was born. Nearly 12 years later, we are one of the world's leading providers of non-surgical scoliosis treatment - we have treated patients from virtually every corner of the globe, helping them to overcome the symptoms of scoliosis and lead higher-quality lives without surgical intervention.
What have we achieved in the last 12 years?
Since the Scoliosis SOS Clinic first opened its doors, we have:
Most importantly of all, we have helped countless scoliosis sufferers to live the lives they wish to live - whether that's meant dancing, participating in sports, or simply reducing the pain that often comes from a curved spine.
We'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the people who have been a part of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's outstanding success over the last 12 years - here's to many more!
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Scoliosis can occur at any stage of life, and the patient's symptoms at time of diagnosis can vary hugely from one case to the next: one person might be entirely unaware of their spinal curvature until a doctor spots it on an X-ray, while the next person might be suffering from extreme pain and greatly reduced mobility.
Today, we'd like to answer two different (but related) questions: what will a doctor look for when diagnosing whether a patient has scoliosis, and at what age is scoliosis usually diagnosed?
What do doctors look for when diagnosing scoliosis?
The first step to finding out whether or not you have scoliosis is visiting your GP, who will conduct an examination to see if you have an abnormally curved spine. Your GP will look for a number of different symptoms that may indicate the presence of scoliosis, including:
- Uneven shoulder blades
- Uneven hips
- Leaning to one side
- Back pain
- Cardiovascular issues
- Breathing problems
If your GP suspects that you may be suffering from scoliosis, you will be referred to the hospital for an X-ray scan. The images obtained during this scan will then be analysed by the hospital doctor, and this is when you will receive your scoliosis diagnosis if your spine is abnormally curved.
(Remember, every spine is slightly curved - you will only be diagnosed with scoliosis if the angle of your spinal curve exceeds 10 degrees.)
After you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, the next step is to attend a specialist consultation to discuss the best treatment route for your spinal condition.
At what age is scoliosis usually diagnosed?
Scoliosis affects people of all ages, and some people go many years before receiving a diagnosis. That said, idiopathic scoliosis - the most common form of scoliosis - is usually diagnosed when the patient is between 10 and 15 years old. The cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown, yet it accounts for around 80% of all cases.
In some cases, scoliosis can also be diagnosed earlier in the patient's life - for example, children who suffer from cerebral palsy may develop scoliosis as a result of this condition.
Scoliosis also affects adults and the elderly. Some cases of idiopathic scoliosis are not diagnosed until adulthood, but there is also degenerative scoliosis, which occurs later in life due to the ageing process.
If you are looking for an effective non-surgical scoliosis treatment option, please contact Scoliosis SOS today to arrange a consultation.
We all know how important it is to get a good night's sleep, but that's a lot easier said than done when you're suffering from scoliosis. Although some scoliosis patients don't notice their condition too much at night, many others experience pain and discomfort that can make it difficult to doze off.
A mattress can't cure your scoliosis, but you may be able to ease some of your discomfort by choosing the right mattress to sleep on.
Choosing a scoliosis-friendly mattress
When you have an abnormally curved spine, it's incredibly important to choose a mattress that gives your back the support it needs. This is so you can distribute your weight evenly, which should relieve the pressure on your twisted spine.
With this in mind, we would recommend investing in a good medium-to-firm mattress that doesn't give too much when you lie on it.
If you're finding that your mattress is too firm for your liking, you can always use a mattress topper for added comfort. You'll want to pick a topper that is around 2 to 3 inches thick; any thicker and you start to lose the benefit the firm mattress provides.
Other factors to consider
We recently shared some tips for sleeping with scoliosis, and in that blog post, we explained how pillows and sleep positions can affect your quality of sleep (both positively and negatively). Once you've found the right mattress for your condition, you will hopefully see a big improvement in your ability to sleep throughout the night - however, if you are still struggling, consider these other mitigating factors:
- Do you have too many pillows? Pillows can elevate your head too much, which can put pressure on your neck, shoulders, and back.
- Are you consuming too much caffeine before bed? This can make it difficult to drop off and disrupt your sleep pattern.
- Try to go to bed at the same time each night. This will teach your body to follow a sleep routine, which has been proven to aid sleep quality.
Where can I find the right mattress for my scoliosis?
There have been plenty of tests conducted to determine which mattresses are most suitable for scoliosis patients. If you're looking to invest in a mattress that will help with your discomfort, you may find these links helpful now that you know what you are looking for:
If you have any questions about your condition - from the best mattress for scoliosis sufferers to how you can begin to treat your curved spine - we at Scoliosis SOS would be more than happy to help. Get in touch with our expert team and book your initial consultation today.