At Sovereign Rehabilitation, we treat patients who suffer from scoliosis. Our therapists are trained in the Schroth Method, which can improve your posture, relieve pain, and help avoid future surgery.
Scoliosis is most known for the curvature of your spine that occurs. One of the manifestations of scoliosis is poor posture. Additionally, one of the goals of the Schroth Method is correct posture. Posture is your body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the forces of gravity. But what is classified as correct posture? (more…)
Here’s a quick guide for you about Scoliosis.
- Scoliosis is a condition of side-to-side spinal curves.
- Your spine will look more like a letter “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line.
- The curvature in your spine can make your shoulders, hips or waist appear unbalanced. One of your shoulder blades or trunk muscles may be more prominent as well.
- More than 80 percent of all people who suffer from Scoliosis have never suffered from an injury to cause it. When there is an undetermined cause for your Scoliosis, it is called Idiopathic Scoliosis.
- There are two other primary classifications of Scoliosis: congenital and neuromuscular.
Many people living with scoliosis don’t often have to deal with severe physical limitations, as the curve works to correct itself. However, if the curve in their spine worsens over time, both children and adults may have to grapple with several physical challenges, including:
- walking with a limp, or awkward gait
- walking at a slower pace
- severe scoliosis in the upper part of the spine can impact the lungs and the person’s ability to breathe
- poor posture and body alignment due to compensation
If you or someone you know has been living with scoliosis, you may have heard about the Schroth Method — a rehabilitative treatment program that originated in Europe as an alternative to traditional surgeries and bracing. What you may not have heard is that Sovereign Rehabilitation is now the leading provider of this treatment method in the greater Atlanta area.
We sat down with one of our Schroth-certified physical therapists to get answers to a few common questions.
1. How does the Schroth Method work? The Schroth Method is a program of stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques that counteracts the rotation of the spinal curvature and restores the alignment of the pelvis. The patient learns how to breathe and align the body during daily activities, until he or she can maintain the program independently at home.
According the Clear Scoliosis Institute, scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in school-aged kids. It affects over 4 million people nationwide, and most adults with scoliosis require some type of long-term care.
Statistics aside, scoliosis is also a condition that many people have heard of, but few know very much about.
Scoliosis is defined as a 10-degree or more curvature of the spine, causing it to have a “C” or “S” shape instead of appearing straight. It tends to begin before puberty but can also begin in adulthood, and can cause sufferers to lean more to one side and limp due to subsequent leg/hip misalignment. As scoliosis progresses, it can also cause painful pinched nerves, muscle spasms, herniated discs, even difficulty breathing.