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Scoliosis Spinal Physiotherapy



Scoliosis is a curvature in the spine which can be either be a

  • forward (anterior) curve or
  • sideways curve

that becomes increasingly/more obvious when you observe the scoliotic spine from behind. In many cases of scoliosis, symptoms are mild, but when the condition is moderate to severe, it can be very debilitating and disabling to the patient.

For most patients with mild scoliosis, it doesn't require any treatment until/unless the scoliosis developed to become painful or difficult to breathe or move. It affects mainly in the

  • thoracic (the spine of the rib cage) and
  • thoraco-lumbar (spine of the rib cage and the lower back) region

There are two types of scoliosis:

  1. Structural Scoliosis (where the mechanics of the curve and the lateral curvature causes a pronounced one side of the patient's rib cage, very obvious when the patient is made to bend forwards). This one can be progressive and increasingly painful over time.

  2. Functional/Postural Scoliosis - For this version, there is no fixed rotation and curvatures doesn't worsen. This form is more of a postural scoliosis, and seems to disappear when patient bends forward.

Causes of scoliosis

Common causes:

  1. Leg length discrepancy (one leg is shorter than the other leg)
  2. Painful spasms of the back muscles
  3. Neurological and neuromuscular problems, such as congenital (birth) defects, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy can cause scoliosis.
  4. Arthritis of the back and spine is a degenerative scoliosis causes by the gradual weakening of the soft tissues and ligaments in the spine.

Symptoms of scoliosis

Common visible scoliosis signs include

  • shoulders or waists that are uneven or unbalanced
  • appearance of a shoulder or shoulder blade that is higher than the other
  • one hip being higher than the other

If the scoliosis progresses to a worse condition, the spine may also rotate on its axis, on top on the curving at the side, causing the ribs to appear more rotated and bent at an angle (side/forward bending + rotation).

In severe cases of scoliosis, patients may develop

  • back pains
  • difficulty breathing (due to thoracic cage limiting lung expansion for breathing)

Scoliosis Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Interventions

For the rehabilitative management of this disease, here is a breakdown of what our senior physiotherapists and occupational therapists will prescribe and do for patients.

Physiotherapy:

  1. Exercise therapy to correct muscle imbalances
  2. Manual therapy
  3. Joint mobilization and manipulation
  4. Stretching and flexibility training
  5. Posture correction
  6. Balance training
  7. Gait correction / training
  8. Computerized decompression spinal traction (where appropriate)
  9. Strengthening
  10. Chest physiotherapy to prevent/treat lung infections

Deep Tissue Release Massage:

Regular deep tissue release will help to soften and loosen tight and shortened muscles for best results of posture correction

Occupational Therapy:

  1. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) - activity analysis and modification, environmental (home or office or vehicle) assessment and modification,
  2. Prescription and training of any adaptive equipment if required
  3. Customized bracing, and using bracing during activities
  4. Posture training in sitting, standing, and sleeping positions and in using positioning supports such as pillows, wedges, rolls, and corsets.
  5. Productivity: electrical wheelchair or scooter prescription and training (mobility); work analysis and modification to improve productivity and output
  6. Leisure: leisure identification and participation through the training and education on use of bracing, energy conservation techniques, activity modification

*please note that results will vary depending on the severity of the curvature, maturity and coping ability as well as compliance of the patient, and the individual curve pattern



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CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES

Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on

  • posture
  •  core stability
  • balance
  • control
  • strength
  • flexibility and
  • breathing

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



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DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY

Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to

  • accelerate recovery and
  • shorten downtime / recovery period required

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance.

Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.



ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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Email questions and your preferred physiotherapy timings to nigel@phoenixrehabgroup.com or

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