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The Treatment of Scoliosis Using Spinal Resistance Training

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Traditional modes of scoliosis treatment using exercises often involve things like stretching, core strengthening, postural shifting, and breathing. The interesting thing with all of these scoliosis treatment modalities is that if you were to perform everyone of these consistently for months you could not give yourself a scoliosis. If were to wear a scoliosis brace that caused my spine to be crooked on an x-ray and wore it for 20 hours daily for 3 months it wouldn't give me scoliosis.

Most of these would alter my posture and maybe my x-rays slightly but not to the magnitude of creating a scoliosis. So what makes people think that if they can't cause a scoliosis on a normal spine than how could they effectively take one away.

It's probably a good thing that most clinicians that offer these so called solutions do not claim to be able to fix scoliosis or "cure" scoliosis.

So we could agree that the status quo for non surgical scoliosis treatment at best can slightly reduce an existing scoliosis and perhaps maybe ward off some progression. Since the majority of kids that do any treatment prior to surgery often choose one or several of the above options it is likely that these modalities are extremely poor at producing a dramatic effect on the natural course of the scoliotic condition especially since the rate of scoliosis fusion surgery has increased in the last decade even with more patients involved in these treatments.

A technique called NMR (neuro-muscular-reeducation) often perceived as a strictly one dimensional treatment for those individual with brain based dysfunction, like post stroke recovery, traumatic brain injuries, or other brain based diseases. The term NMR can also be used to define physical medicine techniques that involve training of the posture, balance, and proprioception of an individual. Scoliosis bootcamp defines NMR closer to its first definition and purpose of brain retraining where the subconscious antigravity control mechanism located in your hindbrain is trained and adapts to the challenge presented.

The spine is very unique in that its alignment in gravity is controlled subconsciously by a brain program that senses the environment through small receptors in our feet, joints, and neck muscles, as well as our eyes and ears. This input is processed in our hindbrain and this area of the brain sends messages to our muscles that cause tone changes and shortening/ lengthening reactions that stabilize our body position aligning major areas like the head, torso, and pelvis so their center is inline with gravity's force. The major weight centers use the spine as a vehicle to get inline with gravity and therefore control the spines position in three dimensional space. In order to change where the spine is when in a static neutral position, the same position the doctor places you in while taking x-rays, you must influence this neurological program.

Spinal resistance training is nothing more than focusing all of the muscle energy and workout to the deepest layers of the spine without creating kinetic motion. Similar to isometric muscle contraction where the joint that is normal moved by a muscle remains neutral while the muscle is contracted causing the insertion of the muscle to move towards the origin of the muscle, creating more of a pulling effect rather than pushing. These types of isometrics have been used by spine rehabilitation specialists for years and have shown decent results in altering simple abnormal postural patterns. The newest innovations lie within a broad category of spinal weighting where weight is applied to a body part and the posture then shifts its position in order to stabilize the additional weight bring all of the centers of mass in line again with gravity. This technique has proven to produce excellent results in spinal alignment adaptation again with smaller postural patterns where the spine deviates from healthy posture. Scoliosis

is very complex in that it may not have simple biomechanical changes that use normal lever arms of muscle control to adapt but rather intrinsic deeper tissues are distorted creating an outward posture reflection and global pattern that can only be changed by altering this very deep layer distortion.

We have been able to create various forces using spinal cantilever weighting that engages this deeper layer and alters this distortion casing a reduction of outward global deviation, in simple terms decreasing and stabilizing scoliosis.

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