Miami, Florida

National Florida Day is celebrated annually on the 25th of January in recognition of Florida, the 27th state to join the USA.

'The Sunshine State' is home to the oldest established city in the United States, St. Augustine, which was the first city founded by Spanish explorers in 1565. East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British colonies after the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763. After the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783, however, the Treaty of Paris returned the state of Florida to Spain. In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase brought East Florida under US ownership from France, and in 1812, West Florida was absorbed as a result of a US intervention in an uprising.

 

More Florida Facts

  • Florida is the southernmost state in the continental United States
  • It's the 22nd largest and 3rd most populous state in the country
  • Florida is best known for its beaches, theme parks, wildlife, plants and heat
  • Its key cities include Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Tallahassee (the state capital) and Jacksonville

 

Our Florida Patients

We at Scoliosis SOS have treated a number of scoliosis patients from Florida. Tina Barlow was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 12, when she was told by the orthopaedic specialist that there wasn't much that could be done to help her, except for her to remain fit and active and try to stay in good health.

Fortunately for Tina, she was not affected either physically or emotionally by her scoliosis until her mid-thirties. After giving birth to her third child, however, she started to experience the occasional episode of backache. Two years later, Tina was involved in a car accident that left her with various injuries, including whiplash, which sent Tina's spine into a state of shock resulting in three months of excruciating back pain. As time passed, Tina did begin to recover; however, she did experience severe flare-ups of pain every now and then.

After three years of researching and searching for an answer to help improve her scoliosis, Tina came across Scoliosis SOS and decided to make the journey from Florida to London in order to enrol on one of our treatment courses. Tina's daughter Sophia - who had been suffering from back problems - had also been diagnosed with scoliosis, so Tina brought her along too.

Following on from their treatment, Tina and Sophia were both pain-free and gained the knowledge and equipment needed to control their back conditions.

Tina Barlow - Before and After Scoliosis Treatment

Frankie, a 23-year-old military man from Florida, also flew to the UK to complete a 4-week treatment course at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. You can read his scoliosis story here, or watch the video below to hear what he had to say about us!

If you'd like to come to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment, please use the links below to contact us.

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Lots of Scoliosis SOS patients ask us the same question:

What will I need to do after my treatment to continue seeing results?

The typical length of a ScolioGold treatment course is 4 weeks, and while our patients routinely see significant improvements within this short time, it is the long-term results that they (and we) are most concerned with!

During those 4 weeks of treatment, we teach every patient a set of exercises and stretches that will help them to continue their treatment independently when they get home. Each patient leaves our clinic with a daily exercise plan that's tailored to their condition and long-term goals.

To give you a better idea of what those daily exercise routines contain, we spoke to Eleanor - who started ScolioGold treatment back in 2016 - and asked her a few questions about her daily exercise routine and how her scoliosis has been since she left the clinic.

Scoliosis SOS patient Eleanor

Hi Eleanor! How did your initial ScolioGold treatment course help you?

I started treatment 3 years ago, when I was 12 years old. My consultant had told me that I needed to have surgery on my back because my curve was progressing, but my mum researched other options on the Internet and found the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. I did a 4-week course during my summer school holidays, and within a couple of days of starting treatment, my parents noticed that I was standing taller and straighter. By the time I finished treatment a month later, I had grown 3cm!

The main thing it has helped with is my self-confidence; I no longer feel ashamed of my back or have to hide under baggy jumpers. The best part was when we saw the consultant for a check-up appointment he said that I was no longer a candidate for surgery.

 

How often have you come back to the clinic since then?

I usually come back to see my therapist Charlie every 3 months, but once I have finished growing this will change to every 6 months. I grew a lot last year, so at Christmas, I did a refresher week where I learnt a few more advanced exercises and joined a couple of the group therapy sessions too.

 

What exercises do you do at home?

At my appointments, Charlie gives me a new exercise schedule that tells me what I have to do on each day. It's nice to have a change, and it keeps me motivated when I go back home. Each day includes 3 specific exercises and a couple of stretches. My favourite is side-lying with a pole as I can really feel my muscles working when I do it and it always makes me feel straighter afterwards.

Some of the other things I do are: muscular cylinder, prone on stool, semi-hanging, PNF Pacquet and ASC.

 

How often do you do scoliosis exercises at home?

As I am still growing, I have to do 45 minutes of exercise each day.

 

Are the continued exercises helping you to manage your condition?

I have been discharged from the hospital, but the measurements and scans Charlie does at my check-ups show that my condition is stable and it improved a bit more after I did the refresher week.

 

If you're suffering from scoliosis, we can provide an entirely exercise-based treatment course that will help you to manage your condition independently. To enquire about our treatment courses, give us a call on 0207 488 4428 or use the links below.

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International Federation for Spina Bifida

Friday 25 October 2019 is World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day. This year also marks the milestone 40th anniversary of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

What is Spina Bifida?

To mark this occasion, we'd like to share the story of Samantha Joyce, a Scoliosis SOS patient who has spina bifida as well as scoliosis.

 

Patient Story: Samantha from Sidcup

Samantha is a woman from Sidcup, Greater London who got in touch with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic after our recent appearance on BBC One. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at 11 years old; she also has spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Samantha was prescribed a scoliosis brace, and when she was 13, surgeons placed screws in her spine in order to correct her spinal curve. Unfortunately, this operation did not have the desired effect - after a long and arduous recovery process, Samantha had to have the screws removed at the age of 18 because they had caused an abscess and she had lost the use of her left leg!

Samantha is now in her 40s, and she was still experiencing back pain as a result of her scoliosis and her spina bifida. She came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in the hope that our therapists would be able to help her - watch the video below to find out how she got on.

Feedback from Samantha

"Thank you all so very much for all you have done. I'm so glad I found out about this clinic and had the opportunity to experience the wonderful work you do.

"It's amazing how I have changed since I started: pain-free, more definition in my legs, and my whole body feels freer. A friend said, without prompting, how much straighter I was sitting, and I'm able to sit and stand for longer without any pain.

"I have now been discharged from King's College Hospital after a year and a half. Thank you for being a valued part of my recovery, and keep up the fantastic work you do - it's invaluable!"

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Bowling green

It can be absolutely crushing when your health prevents you from doing the things you love. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we frequently treat people who have found themselves in that demoralising position, and we've met a number of people whose passion is bowls (also known as lawn bowls).

Bowls is a very social sport, and when the symptoms of scoliosis - primarily back pain - threaten to stop you playing, it's easy to feel like you're losing friends as well as your favourite pastime.

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. Here are the stories of two people who came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and, with the help of our ScolioGold treatment programme, overcame their pain to get back on the green.

 

Dora playing bowls

Dora Howard

from Barnet, North London

"When playing bowls, you often get slightly sore on one side, but the pain I was experiencing was entirely different - and much more painful - than anything I'd experienced before. I genuinely thought I was going to have to give up my bowls, and for me that would have been devastating. So I am delighted with the outcome of my treatment."

Read Dora's Story >>

 

Gloria on the bowling green

Gloria Templeton

from Coventry, West Midlands

"Living life as 'Gloria with scoliosis' has not been easy, and I was devastated when I had to give up playing bowls. But the Scoliosis SOS consultants have been great - I have been able to start playing again, and have made a great new group of friends from the clinic."

Read Gloria's Story >>

 

If your scoliosis is threatening to keep you from doing what you love, Scoliosis SOS may be able to help you. Call our clinic on 0207 488 4428 or use the links below to find out more.

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Sisters at the Scoliosis SOS

These days, the global calendar is seemingly overflowing with dates dedicated to matters of social and cultural importance.

Naturally, with so many commemorative days over-saturating the diary, not all of the recent additions have been ground-breaking (we're looking at you, Ice Cream Sandwich Day).

That being said, there are still plenty of worthy dates that have become welcome additions to the calendar, and Sisters' Day is the perfect example of just that.

 

What is Sisters' Day?

Celebrated on the first Sunday of August (that's Sunday 4 August in 2019), Sisters' Day is dedicated to female siblings, allowing girls and women of all ages to celebrate the unbreakable bond they share together.

At Scoliosis SOS, we have seen first-hand the importance of sisterhood and the support that sisters so often provide for one another. It's especially inspiring when two sisters are living with scoliosis and helping each other to thrive in spite of it.

Here are a few examples of scoliosis sisters who came together in their quest to overcome their curved spines and made it through the hardship together.

 

Rachel and Rebekah

Rachel & Rebekah

Rachel and Rebekah Manning from Bradley Stoke weren't diagnosed with scoliosis until Rachel went to university to study physiotherapy. Once she began to learn about the body, she quickly realised what was happening to her own spine.

From there, Rachel was able to help diagnose her younger sister's condition as well as her own. After numerous X-ray scans and endless doctor's appointments, the outlook wasn't good for either of the Manning siblings.

But then their father discovered Scoliosis SOS. Faced with the possibility of surgery, the family explored the non-surgical treatment options available at our clinic and opted to give us a shot.

Thanks to our ScolioGold treatment programme, Rebekah has managed to stabilise her curve, while Rachel has grown 1.5cm in height and is virtually pain-free.

Read Rachel & Rebekah's Story >

 

Lydia and Louise

Lydia & Louise

Lydia and Louise Marshall from Bibury were diagnosed with scoliosis at the ages of 22 and 17 respectively. Both were told that they needed surgery for their curved spines.

But a visit to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic changed all that. With the help of a 4-week ScolioGold treatment course, Louise was able to stabilise her curve, eliminating the need for spinal fusion surgery. She is now able to play sports and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

The incredible results soon led Louise's sister Lydia to enrol on her own treatment course, and she too managed to rid herself of the debilitating back pain her scoliosis was causing. Her spinal rotation has improved so much that her lung capacity has almost doubled as a result!

Read Lydia & Louise's Story >

 

Nadia and Zaria

Nadia & Zaria

Nadia and Zaria Chowdhury from Old Market were diagnosed relatively late, with Nadia discovering her scoliosis at 25 and Zaria at 17. Worse still, the news came during important times in their education, coinciding with the start of Zaria's university journey and right in the middle of Nadia's studies.

Though they tried non-surgical alternatives - visiting chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopathy specialists - the girls found none of these methods provided long-term relief for their suffering.

With the prospect of corrective surgery looming, the girls turned to Scoliosis SOS for help. By combining a variety of therapeutic techniques and treatments, we were able to help the siblings improve their posture. By the time they had completed the course at our London clinic, the angle of Zaria's hip and spine had noticeably improved, and Nadia even became taller as a result.

Read Nadia & Zaria's Story >

 

Alayna & Jasmine

Alayna and Jasmine Batson - two sisters from East Sussex - came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in 2016. Watch the video to find out how we helped them:

If you'd like to come to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment, please give us a call on 0207 488 4428 or use the links below to contact us.

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