Here at Scoliosis SOS, we have spent a number of years developing our sophisticated ScolioGold treatment method, to ensure that you receive an unrivalled level of treatment success, that is not available anywhere else. The Schroth Method has been an essential part of our non-surgical treatment process since our clinic first opened, and remains a vital aspect of our treatment programme. 

Unfortunately the Schroth Method has its limitations, so we have combined this treatment approach with an array of other scientifically-proven and established techniques, in order to ensure that every aspect of each patient's condition is fully addressed. 

One such technique is the FITS Method, which stands for Functional Independent Treatment for Scoliosis. This method usually consists of an individually adjusted programme of exercises, depending on the degree of spinal curve and following a clinical examination of a patient.

Why the FITS Method is included in our treatment programme


The FITS Method consists of two stages, the detection and elimination of myofascial restrictions, and the construction of a series of new corrective posture patterns in everyday activities. The FITS method is an individually tailored therapy, which can be used on patients of any age, with varying degrees of Cobb Angle. It is required that patients take an active part in the process of therapy, by ensuring that they maintain their correct posture in everyday activities, be it at the work desk, or at home watching television.

In scoliosis treatment, the main aim is to correct the primary structural curve in three planes, which is why we include the FITS method in our ScolioGold programme. As previously mentioned, the technique has been thoroughly researched and scientifically proven, which means that each patient can be assured that they are in safe and experienced hands when receiving their treatment. 

If you would like to learn more about the methods included in our ScolioGold treatment, please click here. For those with further questions, and those who would like to book a consultation please click here to get in touch today.
Spinal Fusion Recovery
 

Scoliosis can be an incredibly debilitating condition, and many scoliosis sufferers choose to undergo surgery to correct their spinal curves. Spinal fusion surgery is the process of attaching rods, hooks, wires or screws to the curved portion of the patient's backbone in order to straighten out the curve over time. Small pieces of bone are then placed over the spine; these will eventually grow together with the spinal bone, 'fusing' it into the correct position.

 
The spinal fusion procedure is a major surgical operation that usually takes several hours to complete. The success of the operation depends on many factors, including the flexibility of the curve and the surgical techniques used. The goal of the surgery is not a perfectly straight spine, but a balanced spine in which fusion prevents the curve from getting worse. 
 
However, as with most surgical procedures, a spinal fusion usually carries with it a long recovery period. Some pain/discomfort is to be expected, and reduced mobility and flexibility are common too. After surgery, the symptoms of scoliosis (e.g. back pain) may get better over time, although it is not uncommon to for patients to still experience pain even after they have fully recovered due to the fact that their muscle imbalance has not been addressed.

So how can Scoliosis SOS help with spinal fusion recovery?

If you have had spinal fusion surgery already and you're looking for something to speed up the recovery process or reduce any back pain you are still experiencing, then our ScolioGold method could be the solution you're looking for. You may have heard of the Schroth method, and this forms a large part of our methodology, but where some clinics solely utilise Schroth exercises we compliment them with a range of other non-surgical spinal treatment techniques, resulting in a far more well-rounded treatment regime that our patients find exceptionally effective.
 
Here's how our treatment courses can help with spinal fusion recovery:
  • Reduce back pain
  • Improve mobility 
  • Speed up correction of spinal curve
  • Correct any secondary curvatures that may have progressed or developed above/below the fusion
The video below features one of our patients from the Faroe Islands. She had spinal fusion surgery on her back when she was much younger, but visited the Scoliosis SOS Clinic earlier this year to address the chronic pain that she was still experiencing.
 
 
If you would like to find out more about our treatment courses, please  contact Scoliosis SOS and book an initial consultation with one of our scoliosis consultants, who will more than happy to recommend the best course of action for you.
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!
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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