What makes our approach so unique is the advent of scoliosis resistance training technology that addresses the neuromuscular adaptation process. Voluntary exercises using techniques like yoga, pilates, schroth, and seas have failed to reduce the number of scoliosis curvatures progressing to surgical threshold at approximately 45 degrees using the Cobb measurement system. The spinal resistance training allows for subconscious involuntary muscle control to be effected causing a change in the postural feedback mechanism that can effectively alter individual vertebral positions and significantly decrease scoliosis deformity even in adult mature spines.
There are approximately five layers of muscle in the spine according to most definitions and the deepest layers control the individual positions of the spinal bones called vertebrae. These muscles are a significantly different fiber type than those muscles that are more superficial in the first three layers. The deeper muscle layers are smaller, only one to three inches in length, and are mainly type I fibers that are fatigue resistant tonic postural muscles. Studies have demonstrated asymmetry of these muscles called multifidus muscles and they are thought to contribute greatly to the twisting and tilted individual vertebral positions in scoliosis.
Spinal resistance training using specialized scoliosis cantilevers have demonstrated significant ability to influence these mutifidus muscles causing less tilt and rotation of the apical vertebrae thought to contribute to the progression and severity of a spinal curvature. Exercise programs for scoliosis that fail to properly engage this deeper muscle layer will ultimately fail to stop progression or reduce an existing spinal curvature. In addition scoliosis exercise treatment that uses voluntary control as its primary mechanism of action will cause kinetic movement rather than static influence allowing for a poor overall radiographic outcome.
Scoliosis brace treatment often decreases the deep layer muscle firing making the spine less stable and more prone to progression. In addition scoliosis braces can create more rotation which leads to spinal rigidity and potentially more structural asymmetry in bone and discs. The earlier a patient begins this spinal resistance training the better the results and ability to permanently decrease existing spinal curvature and ward of progression through growth cycles. Often using the early stage scoliosis intervention program existing curvatures can even be eliminated with as little as three months of home training using this specialized equipment. Scoliosis braces are often thought of as a way to hold the spine straighter even though the spines position is a program consisting of environmental input versus motor control output to deep layer musculature where a brace will never address this program. Without contracting or changing the muscle tone of this deeper layer ultimately the scoliosis will remain programmed by the central nervous system. Scoliosis BootCamp is a great way to attack this faulty system and start designing a new program.
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