What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. People with scoliosis may commonly experience back pain, neck pain and/or shoulder pain. People with scoliosis often demonstrate uneven loading of the pelvis or a shifted stance with a dominant leg. The rib cage also demonstrates asymmetries that may be apparent in a rib hump on the back or chest. In addition to pain, an asymmetry in rib rotation may alter breathing patterns. This is often accompanied by overuse of muscles of the neck or back to assist with breathing (called accessory muscle breathing). Overuse of these accessory muscles may be associated with neck, shoulder or back pain.
What can Rebound Physical Therapy do for Me?
Traditional physical therapy for scoliosis has been limited to reducing the symptoms, but a new, innovative approach offers help for long-term management of scoliosis. Our approach uses Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques that inhibit muscle tone associated with the curve and help facilitate and strengthen muscles that oppose the rotation and curvature.
Our Postural Restoration Institute trained physical therapist also use hands-on techniques to help improve rib cage expansion, rotation and symmetry to improve breathing mechanics and reduce accessory muscle overuse. Initial goals of treatment are to improve neutrality and stability of the pelvis and equalize stance. Once pelvic stability and neutrality are improved, a proper exercise program that involves a combination of movements (triplanar) with diaphragmatic breathing is incorporated to improve strength and muscle imbalances. This treatment approach not only decreases pain, but decreases asymmetrical forces on the spine.
Meet our scoliosis specialist: Amie Holbrook
“I asked for physical therapy. I am trying to get my life back.”
The middle of November, I had a pleuradesis for a collapsed lung. We believe this happened as a result of radiation I had to combat lung cancer. The recovery from my surgery was sooooo slow and frustrating. I asked for physical therapy. I am trying to get my life back.
After 2 weeks I was able to get out of bed without hurting. I continued working with Marcus, awestruck by his knowledge and enjoyed his explanations. He has given me the tools to continue to succeed. I am not 100% yet but I am so much closer to being me. I have even been to the gym and I had not been there since September.
I wanted to thank you and your staff for all that you have done for me.