Resources Research & Recommendations
research is for everyone
As you are reading through the resources below please know that learning to care for your body (or your family member’s body) will help you make the best decisions on how to care for your spine & health and thankfully you are not alone. Personal health care "takes a village" , and I’d like to extend my support as well as offer you he links below. Your community is out there and there are professionals looking to help you on your journey.
As a testament to my own journey below is my 2018 x-ray. Next to the x-ray is picture of me balancing and challenging myself to control my muscles while adjusting my spine in this challenging posture. This mindful internal lengthening and strength is something you can learn too!! To understand the Images better imagine the top of the x-ray falling to the right, then it will line up with the picture beside the x-ray.
Certain supportive, yet challenging postures help with muscle release, pain management, and building strength.
To learn more about medical support organizations, Physical Therapists, and find research articles supporting exercise as intervention for scoliosis click the buttons below.
Resources for Exploration
Scoliosis screening & assessments
Read about assessment and screening using the button below. Screenings for Scoliosis include the use of the Adams Test while using a scoliometer and X-rays.
don’t wait & see , Learn & be proactive
WHY PILATES FOR SCOLIOSIS ?
Everyone can experience the benefits of building strength using deliberate Pilates.
Slow and isolated Pilates positions are wonderful way to mindfully build positive body awareness and sense your alignment when you are living with Scoliosis.
Improving your comfort level while living with Scoliosis is possible through strengthening and specialized exercise.
Increasing body awareness is your first step.
Making any changes to your body starts from the inside out. We begin by moving slowly and learning to sense your spine alignment during your initial experience at the Pilates studio.
Some example questions to help you increase spine alignment and body awareness during this step are:
How do you position yourself cope with discomfort? Can you feel where your curves are located? What movements irritate your body? What is your endurance like on a daily basis?
By being attentive to your body and increasing exercises like modified pilates, stretches, and creating mind-body connections you open yourself to learning what works for you and how to mindfully manage your scoliosis.
together we will use the mind-body practice of Pilates to help you embrace strength and mindfulness on this brave path toward feeling better.
DO YOU NEED A SCHROTH THERAPY PT?
Below I have created buttons for Medical Professionals with the right qualifications for intervention care. However, that doesn’t mean they are the perfect one for you. Do your own research and have an initial consultation before jumping into purchasing multiple session treatment packages.
It is important to note that the SEAS & Schroth based therapies are methods only Physiotherapists and Physical therapists are allowed to learn and perform on patients with scoliosis. If you see a lower level professional who claims to have thorough knowledge in these areas they likely do not have the highest level of training in Schroth needed to care for people with pain or adults. Working with this type of experienced professional is safer if done in combination with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Movement professionals like myself seek out as much training as possible and partner with a Physical therapist or Physiotherapist very closely to produce results.
I have researched the clinics below and recommend their Physical therapists and strategies for stabilizing scoliosis in children & adults.
for intervention scoliosis care
Through continuing education and ongoing searches this list has grown. Please reach out to me if you are looking for someone in your area. I am happy to help you search for places to begin interviewing therapists for your personal case. ( yes, I said “interview” ). You should meet and do a consultation to see if you agree with the theories and enjoy working 1 on 1 with a PT before attempting to embark on this journey with them. It can be so fun to work with a PT who you get along well with and that is the goal.
Research on Movement for Scoliosis Care
Research supported concepts are important to your success. Understanding them yourself and asking your PT if they are aware of these types of studies will ensure that you are in the hands ( literally ) of someone who is up to date on current medically accepted practices.
Researching braces is entirely different topic for research. Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky recommends the NYC Brace. Their latest tech applied to making 3-d accurate corrections in all planes of the body makes up for the known additional challenges in bracing theories. Just below you will find research from Orthopedic Rehabilitation experts on various bracing successes as well as exercises success.
I hope that these resources will be a good start to your journey. Please reach out if you have any questions or I’ll look forward to connecting with you in the studio .