SCOLIOSIS GROUP CLASS
Improve back pain
Improve neck pain
Improve core stability
Scoliosis is a lateral (toward the side) curvature of more than 15 degrees in the normally straight vertical line of the spine. Idiopathic (unknown cause) scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis, typically affecting adolescents from ages 10 through to 17. Idiopathic scoliosis may progress during the "growth spurt" years, but usually will not progress during adulthood. Early detection is therefore of great importance. Adults can also reap the benefits of reducing the lateral curvature of the spine through exercise. Improved alignment of the spine reduces painful symptoms experienced such as a stiff neck, shoulder pain, hip pain and suboptimal breathing patterns.
Our Biokineticists specialise in screening for scoliosis as well as prescribing an effective treatment plan to reduce progression. Our exercise prescription is scientifically-based and addresses scoliosis in all three planes - sagittal, frontal, and transverse. This means that correction needs to occur not only from side to side and front to back, but must also consider the rotary movements of the spine and importance of the rib cage in spinal alignment.
We have found that once an individual has had individualized sessions with one of our Biokineticists, to correct their scoliotic posture, they are able to enter a group class. Each individual at this point is educated as to the curves of their spine, and can follow instructions given to them in a group environment to strengthen their weak areas and stretch overworked areas.
Our exercise prescription is based on Scoliosis Specific Exercise which stems primarily from Schroth and SEAS techniques. This form of exercise treatment for scoliosis has been shown to be most effective in conjunction with RSC bracing, in curves less than 40deg. Posture exercises are specific to the individual to reduce lower back pain, upper back pain and improve functioning in daily life. The benefits of the scoliosis group classes include improved spine health, stability of the vertebrae and improved breathing patterns. Lastly, individuals are able to receive social support by engaging with others with scoliosis.