Been told you have scoliosis? What next?
Updated: Apr 26
Scoliosis is a medical condition that affects the spine, causing it to curve sideways. It is a common disorder that affects around 2-3% of the population, and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as genetics, muscle imbalances, and spinal injuries. While the condition can be treated through surgery or bracing, physiotherapy can also be an effective option for managing scoliosis. So what are your treatment options? Here at Align Health Collective, our physiotherapists in Indooroopilly, Preston, Oakleigh and Kew have a wide range of tools and skill sets to effectively manage and treat scoliosis. Some of the common treatments we look at include:
1. Exercise-based therapy:
Exercise-based therapy is one of the most common treatments used by our physiotherapists to manage scoliosis. The treatment involves a set of exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles around the spine, which helps to maintain stability and function. The exercises can be customized to the individual's needs and can include a range of activities such as stretching, resistance training, and balance training. Our physiotherapists will work with the individual to develop an exercise plan that targets the areas of weakness and helps to improve their overall posture.
2. Manual Therapy:
Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques used by our physiotherapists to treat scoliosis. This type of therapy can include a range of techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and spinal manipulation. The goal of manual therapy is to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and increase range of motion. Manual therapy can be particularly useful for individuals who have limited mobility due to their scoliosis, as it can help to improve their ability to move freely. Although short term relief can be effective with manual therapy, it is almost always used in conjunction with exercise prescription for long term treatment.
3. Posture Correction:
Posture correction is can be an essential component of scoliosis management. Our physiotherapists can work with individuals to develop techniques to improve their posture and minimize the impact of their scoliosis. This can include techniques such as correcting the position of the pelvis, shoulders, and head. Our physiotherapists may use tools such as mirrors and videos to help the individual visualize their posture and make changes accordingly.
In summary, scoliosis can be a challenging condition to manage, but physiotherapy can provide an effective solution for many individuals. Exercise-based therapy, manual therapy, and posture correction are just a few of the many treatments available to help manage scoliosis. Our physiotherapists can work with individuals to develop a customized treatment plan that targets their specific needs and helps to improve their overall quality of life. If you or someone you know is struggling with scoliosis, it may be worth exploring the many options we have available with our physiotherapists at Align Health Collective!