We create a different care plan every time we treat a child with scoliosis.
Our physicians and rehabilitation specialists are known all over the world for using the most innovative methods to care for children with scoliosis. They understand how different children respond to different treatments.
If your child has idiopathic scoliosis, their care team might suggest working with a physical therapist to perform customized scoliosis specific exercises – exercises designed to help straighten their spine.
We'll work out all the details once your child is ready for treatment, and make sure you and your family understand how long you can expect to participate in the program. In addition to spending time with a physical therapist every week, your child will have a set of exercises they'll need to perform at home to keep their scoliosis in check.
Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.
Learn About Scoliosis Specific Exercises
Customized for each child, scoliosis specific exercises offer an effective, non-surgical option for treating scoliosis. Known as the "Schroth Method," this approach uses physical therapy to help bring a curved spine into a straighter, more natural position. Read about the areas your child will focus on during scoliosis specific exercises below:
In most children, scoliosis affects the back muscles. Usually, one side of the back has weak, unused muscles while the other has over-worked muscles. We'll help balance your child's muscle strength through exercises designed to treat both problems.
Rotational Angular Breathing
During scoliosis specific exercises, children focus on breathing into the bent side of the body using a technique called rotational angular breathing. This method helps rotate the spine, reshaping the rib cage and surrounding soft tissue.
Just being aware of how their spines are positioned can help those with scoliosis focus on correcting their posture. So, our physical therapists teach techniques designed to help your child do just that.
Scoliosis specific exercises are known for delivering results – no matter how severely a patient's spine is curved. In fact, after completing their customized treatment plans, most patients actually see a difference in their scoliosis.
Aside from correcting the position of the spine, scoliosis based exercises can:
- Improve posture
- Increase core strength
- Make breathing easier
- Reduce pain
- Improve mobility
- Better align the pelvis
The spine care I received at Shriners Children’s changed the entire outcome of my life. Now, I'm able to live a full life without limitations!