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.
How can Rebound Help?
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