Can Physical Therapy Help Scoliosis?
Treating scoliosis usually requires braces or rods to realign the spine, and some extreme cases may even require surgery. Although treatment typically involves invasive measures, it can also include physical therapy which helps realign the patient’s posture and improve communication between the brain and body. By using a variety of treatment methods, you can bring your spine back into alignment and correct your posture.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a curvature or rotation of the spine to the side. If you have scoliosis, your spine will appear as an “S” or a “C” shape on an x-ray instead of a straight line. This curvature creates posture problems that cannot be corrected without treatment. Some symptoms of the condition include uneven hip height, uneven shoulder height, pain around the spine or pelvis, and trouble performing some specific movements.
Although scoliosis can occur at any age, it is most common in adolescence, particularly with children between 10-18 years of age. There is no identifiable cause of scoliosis, but most patients have a family history of the condition. While some cases can be corrected with physical therapy alone, most cases require several treatment approaches.
Scoliosis Physical Therapy
Physical therapy for scoliosis may take many forms to focus on different aspects of the condition. Treatment can include breathing exercises, balance exercises, range of motion exercises, and posture training. Your physical therapist may also recommend strength-training to improve your core strength and build muscular definition near the spine. Every scoliosis case is different, so your physical therapist will have to assess your condition and movement patterns to create a customized treatment plan.
The main goal of treatment is to improve communication between the brain and body. The way we move our body throughout the day is largely involuntary. Movements are habitual. By consciously focusing on movement and posture, you can form new muscle memory and change how you carry your body throughout your daily life.
Contact Haven Physical Therapy Today
If you are looking for scoliosis treatment for you or your child, contact Haven Physical Therapy today. One of our experienced physical therapists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you improve your posture, strength, and stability.
Our outpatient services also include occupational therapy, speech therapy, postoperative rehab, and sports injury rehab. Whether you are looking to manage a chronic condition, or you are recovering from a major surgery, we are here to help. To learn more, book a consultation today!