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Scoliosis Specific Exercises

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At Curv, we provide specialised, evidence based care for our scoliosis patients. We understand that every curve is unique and requires personalised treatment. One effective method we use at our studio is The Schroth Method.
 

The Schroth Method is a non-surgical treatment for scoliosis that was developed by Katharina Schroth in the 1920s. It's a form of physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) that aims to de-rotate, elongate, and stabilise the spine in a three-dimensional plane. The exercises focus on restoring muscular symmetry and alignment of posture, and they can be tailored to the individual's unique curve patterns.

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Kids

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are a specialised form of physiotherapy aimed at managing and reducing the progression of scoliosis. 

Teenagers

Bracing is a non-surgical treatment method used to treat scoliosis, generally for growing kids and teenagers. Each brace is custom-made to fit the patient’s body structure

Adults

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are a specialised form of physiotherapy aimed at managing and reducing the progression of scoliosis. 

How can exercises help?

  1. Improve posture and alignment: the exercises in Schroth aim to correct imbalances and encourage the re-alignment. This can lead to improved posture and better muscle symmetry.

  2. Decrease pain: some people with scoliosis experience discomfort and pain. Schroth exercises can help reduce pain by strengthening and stabilising the muscles around the spine. 

  3. Improve breathing capacity: Schroth places a significant emphasis on breathing mechanics, which can help improve breathing capacity compromised by the rotation of the spine and ribcage. 

  4. Prevent curve progression: regular Schroth exercises aim to halt or slow down the progression of the spinal curve, reducing the need for surgical intervention. 

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We offer in-person group classes led by our physiotherapists for patients with scoliosis and kyphosis. The classes focus on individualised scoliosis specific exercises and postural corrections, while mixing in some strengthening and mobility. It is also a great way to meet others on a similar journey and build a support network.

Before joining our group classes, you will need to see one of our physiotherapists and complete your initial 1:1 sessions.

FAQ

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on many factors. Our goal is to provide you with the education you need to understand how to perform postural ‘autocorrections’ that are specific to your curve, and how to integrate these principles into your daily life.


As these exercises are complex, we find that this typically takes 8-10 one-on-one sessions with your physiotherapist, but this highly depends on:
 

  • a presence of pain or discomfort

  • general body awareness and coordination levels

  • your ability to practice home exercises

  • general fitness level
     

Your physiotherapist strives to be as efficient as possible, so depending on your response to the treatment, you may require fewer treatment sessions than outlined above.

What happens in the initial assessment?

The initial assessment is where we get to know you and want to hear your story. We’ll ask you questions about your back, your medical history, exercise routine, lifestyle and any symptoms you may be experiencing. We want to hear your goals for coming to see us and answer all your questions.

We will then perform a physical assessment specifically for your back, taking scoliosis/kyphosis specific measures, posture photos, respiratory function, assess your spine’s flexibility and strength and much more!

Then we’ll discuss our findings and spend time educating you on your condition. We explain in depth what scoliosis is, what happens in the spine, how it progresses and what are evidence based recommendations. We will make the appropriate referrals (ie. to get scans, see a surgeon). At the end, we’ll go through a therapy plan ensuring it meets your goals.

Are the sessions covered by private health insurance?

Yes, depending on your Physiotherapy private health coverage. As all Curv therapists are Registered Physiotherapists, we are able to bill your extended benefits provider directly after your Physiotherapy appointment on our HICAPS machine.​

Are the sessions bulk billed through Medicare?

No we do not do bulk billing. However we do accept care plans from the GP, which will cover $58 towards your consultation. You are unable to use your care plan AND private health to pay for the same consultation.​

What should I wear to my appointments?

It is ideal if your physiotherapists can see the majority of your back, shoulders, and pelvis alignment to provide accurate cues while you exercise.


For males- wear shorts you are comfortable moving in, and we will ask you to remove your shirt to assess your back.

For females- we recommend wearing a sports bra (where applicable) and leggings or tighter fitted shorts, with long hair tied up in a bun.

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