Did you know that our therapists can provide ScolioGold therapy in your own home?
ScolioGold treatment is a non-invasive, exercise-based alternative for patients who are suffering from scoliosis and other spinal problems. The therapy course is specifically tailored to the size and shape of the individual's curve, and it helps to:
- Prevent further progression
- Improve cosmetic appearance
- Reduce pain
- Give patients the opportunity to avoid spinal fusion surgery
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is located in central London, and although patients do travel from all over the world to receive treatment here, we understand that it is not always possible for patients to travel to London.
In these cases, our staff will travel to you.
Home treatment with your ScolioGold therapist
Our highly-experienced therapists have travelled all over the world to treat patients in their own homes. The USA and East Asia are just two of the locations they have visited for this purpose.
Although we encourage our patients to attend the clinic where possible, intensive one-to-one treatment on location has proven to be just as successful. Our ScolioGold consultants give the patient a full medical assessment over the telephone to confirm their suitability, and a personalised course of treatment is prescribed.
If a patient decides that they would like to be treated in their own home, we then discuss suitable dates and make accommodation and travel arrangements. Patients are required to have some equipment sent to their home address in order to get the most out of their treatment.
Who is eligible for home treatment?
Treatment on location is available to patients of all ages as long as they are able to follow instructions and have enough mobility to get up off the floor unaided. Our therapists will travel to most countries to treat patients, and have also travelled to other parts of the United Kingdom to treat patients who were unable to travel to London.
ScolioGold treatment isn't just for patients with scoliosis and hyperkyphosis - it is also suitable for patients with postural problems, as well as for those who suffer from chronic back pain.
What level of treatment will be provided?
The amount of 1:1 treatment required will depend on the patient's age and the severity of their spinal curve. This will be discussed prior to booking. On-location treatment means that our therapists can work around your school/work commitments.
To discuss treatment options and arrange an initial telephone consultation, please contact us online or call 0207 488 4428.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with mild scoliosis, you have probably been given two options.
Option 1 is usually observation, which means that your child will attend check-up appointments every 6 months so that the doctor can track the progress of their condition. In other words, do nothing and wait for the size of the curve to increase. Scoliosis does tend to be a progressive condition, and an adolescent with scoliosis will usually get worse very quickly, especially if they still have lots of growing left to do.
So what's option 2? Well, depending on your child's age and the severity of their curve, they may be offered a scoliosis brace. Braces do vary, but they are usually hard, corset-style shells that must be worn for 23 hours a day in order to achieve the maximum benefit.
Wearing a scoliosis brace can be an effective way of preventing the curve's progression, but only if used in combination with exercise. If the patient doesn't exercise, bracing can lead to muscle wastage, and patients often flop back into their scoliotic posture once they're out of the brace because certain muscles weren't being used and are no longer able to support the spine.
ScolioGold: A Third Option
The specific scoliosis exercises taught here at Scoliosis SOS are geared towards strengthening the muscles surrounding the patient's spine. Our ScolioGold exercise programme works extremely well in combination with bracing - not only does it help patients to keep their muscles strong in preparation for coming out of the brace, it also educates them and helps them to understand their condition, enabling them to help themselves going forward.
If your child has recently been diagnosed with scoliosis, please contact us today for advice and information on the treatment we provide.
Here's what we always tell the parents of children with scoliosis: the sooner we are able to start your child's scoliosis exercises, the better our chance of preventing further progression and avoiding the need for spinal fusion surgery.
However, in order for the exercises to be effective, the patient must be old enough to follow simple instructions and actively work on certain muscle groups.
We have successfully treated many young children from the age of 4 upwards. Younger children may benefit from some hands-on manipulation and massage therapy, but they cannot reap all the benefits of our ScolioGold programme because they are less able to follow our therapists' instructions and carry out all of the necessary exercises.
Keep a close eye on your child's back as they go through their teenage years
In most cases, the question of whether or not the patient is old enough to undergo scoliosis treatment never arises. Scoliosis normally doesn't become apparent until a child goes through puberty; the appearance of a spinal curve usually coincides with the major growth spurt that tends to occur at this stage of a person's life.
Still, while it is far less common, scoliosis can also be present from birth. This is known as either congenital scoliosis or neuromuscular scoliosis. In these cases, patients are often braced from a very young age to prevent progression as much as possible.
Key signs and symptoms
Back pain is a common complaint in both children and adults with scoliosis. The NHS outlines several other signs to look out for:
- A visibly curved spine
- Leaning to one side
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder or hip sticking out
- Ribs sticking out on one side
- Clothes not fitting well
Compliance is important
The results achieved through our ScolioGold exercises are strongly dependent on the patient's commitment and compliance. This is something that varies based on the child's personality; if you're wondering whether or not your child is old enough for a Scoliosis SOS treatment course, you should also consider whether or not they would be happy to follow our instructions.
ScolioGold exercises are repetitive and easy enough for children to follow. Shorter, specially-tailored exercise programmes are available for younger patients based on their maturity level. These programmes aim to turn treatment into play to help engage little ones during their therapy.
If you have any concerns regarding your son/daughter's spine, please contact Scoliosis SOS online or call 0207 488 4428 to arrange a radiation-free spinal scan.
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.
Derived from the Greek words hudōr (water) and therapeia (healing), hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic therapy) is a method that is used to treat a variety of different bodily ailments. We recently began incorporating hydrotherapy into our ScolioGold method for scoliosis treatment, and today we'd like to take some time to tell you a little more about it.
If you suffer from back pain due to scoliosis - but you’re worried that your reduced flexibility and mobility might hinder you in an exercise-based treatment setting - hydrotherapy is a great solution. Being immersed in water provides support for your body and creates a feeling of well-being without the intensity of land-based exercise.
How does hydrotherapy work?
Hydrotherapy combines physical rehabilitation treatments with the natural benefits of water-based exercise. The result is a gentle but efficient scoliosis treatment method.
Water has five key properties that play a large part in the effectiveness of hydrotherapy treatment:
- Buoyancy – The upward pressure in the water eases stress on muscles and joints, soothing the aches and pains that scoliosis can cause.
- Temperature – Warm water is known for soothing and relaxing the body.
- Viscosity – The 'thickness' of water prompts gentle resistance from the muscles.
- Turbulence – When placed in moving water, the body naturally moves to maintain balance, exercising the muscles.
- Hydrostatic Pressure – Hydrostatic pressure provides a natural relief for joint swelling.
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy treatment for scoliosis?
The main benefit of hydrotherapy is that flexibility and mobility are no longer an issue. As mentioned above, the gentle pressure and buoyancy provided by water naturally soothe pain and allow the patient to exercise while at ease.
Pain is often dramatically reduced by hydrotherapy, and as a result of this, patients with limited mobility are able to achieve fantastic results through stretching in the water. These stretches strengthen the muscles in the back and can help improve the degree of the curvature. If patients choose, they can also combine hydrotherapy with land-based therapy on one of our ScolioGold courses.
Another benefit of hydrotherapy treatment for scoliosis is that it offers more stability and protection from falls for those who struggle with balance. This is a great confidence boost for many patients.
There are many other benefits of using hydrotherapy treatment for scoliosis, including:
- Pain relief from muscle spasms
- Ease of movement
- Increased joint range and flexibility
- Improved strength and endurance
- Reduction of oedema (excess watery fluid in cavities or tissue in the body)
- Improved circulation
- Better cardiovascular fitness
- Increased level of relaxation
Who can participate in hydrotherapy treatment?
Hydrotherapy is suitable for scoliosis sufferers of all ages. The healing and support provided make it an ideal method of treatment for those who lack confidence when it comes to more traditional forms of exercise. As mentioned above, stability is not an issue for elderly or less mobile patients, as the water allows them to exercise without fear of falling.
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we have had fantastic feedback from our hydrotherapy treatment sessions to date. We have found that it has offered hope to those patients who thought they would have to deal with their pain for the rest of their lives. Many of these patients did not think they would be able to improve their condition through exercise, but hydrotherapy treatment has provided them with that opportunity.
If you think hydrotherapy treatment might be beneficial for you, please contact Scoliosis SOS today to book an initial consultation.