Our clinic is at the forefront of scoliosis evaluation and non-surgical treatment in Portland and Northwest Oregon.
Patients (and parents) are often frustrated and confused by the specialist's plan to do nothing about a scoliosis until it is bad enough for bracing or surgery. We offer a robust, effective treatment plan combining structural bodywork and specific exercises to stop the progression of scoliosis and decrease the risk for spinal problems later in life.
Scoliosis is not often reversible, but progression can usually be stopped with the right treatment.
In partnership with Lily Matson, a certified Pilates instructor, we combine chiropractic and myofascial work with Pilates and Schroth methods to safely and effectively mobilize and stabilize the scoliotic spine. This results in better posture, easier movement, greater strength, and improved body awareness.
Our scoliosis treatment program is appropriate for kids and teens. We keep the treatment sessions dynamic and interactive. The exercises are fun, and can usually be done in about 20 to 30 minutes at home.
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A patient's entry into our treatment program begins with athorough evaluation. Every scoliosis case is unique, and patients rarely know anything about their particular pattern of curvature. There's more to it than just angles! There's degrees of rotation, there may be vertebrae that are the wrong shape, legs that are different lengths, and so on.
Knowing the full picture is crucial to making the right decisions.
We can start with your existing x-rays. Sometimes, we want more views to get the full picture. Watch the video on the left to get a sense of how we look at the x-rays.
In addition to the structural evaluation, we evaluate balance, muscle activation, neurological development, and position sense. We seek out areas for potential improvement. We teach exercises that will target each patient's unique needs. Our patients describe these exercise as easy and very effective. There is no downside to improved body awareness!
The video provides all the information you need about what x-rays are needed in order to fully evaluate a scoliosis.
Our treatment program can be provided in conjunction with full-time or part-time bracing, with soft or rigid braces.
We also work with patients who have had fusion or other surgery.
Finally, we use adjustments and myofascial release work to get the best alignment that we can. Adjusting a spine with scoliosis is different than adjusting a normal spine! The angles are different and each patient has their own unique shape. The amount and type of adjustments are tailored to each patient's situation and the amount of pain they experience.
Treatment sessions focus on specific exercises for neurological and muscle development. Home exercises are designed to support the work that we do in our sessions, and can be done in about half an hour or less, depending on the patient.
It's best to start treating scoliosis early. Treatment for kids are painless and fun. We try to keep the kids moving and engaged with their exercises. Our goals are to stop—or in some cases reverse—the progression of scoliosis in kids and teens.
For adults and older teens, the therapy is similar, but once the spine is mature, the risk of progression is low. However, the risk of disc degeneration and arthritis only rises as we age. In adults, the focus is on minimizing these risks by maximizing the mobility and stability of the spine.
If you have scoliosis, or a child with scoliosis, or know a family that does, please ask them to call me or send me an email. I would be happy to talk with them about their situation and determine if they might benefit from our program.