Strength and/or the lack of strength is very important to address when attempting to improve and stabilize scoliosis. Teaching the muscles and body how to hold a corrective position is an absolute necessity in long-term success for scoliosis treatment.

There are two main problems that occur with the muscles in scoliosis:

  1. Imbalance of strength from one side to the other side.
  2. Postural awareness (conscious and sub-conscious) is degraded (i.e.-slouching, leaning to one side, etc…)

Scoliosis Care CentersTM utilizes multiple strengthening exercises and equipment that can 3-dimensionally exercise only the muscles that need to be strengthened on the scoliosis (proprietary 3-dimensional spinal weighting / auto-response training, Schroth, Core strength).  This exercise program is able to reverse the one-sidedness of the scoliosis, making it more balanced and able to teach the body straighter postures easier.  The 3-dimensional scoliosis exercises will create both brute strength (conscious) and reactive strength (sub-conscious) for a better hold on the scoliosis. Improving the patient’s postural awareness in all aspects of their life and their activities is a big part of the Scoliosis Care CentersTM exercise program.  We are not here to tell you what you can’t do anymore, but rather how to create strength and awareness to continue it.

This keeps the ULTIMATE goal for all patients still possible…a healthy, happy, normal life.  If at all possible, we want our patients to continue doing what they love to do.  Take that away from them and the quality of life didn’t get better for them…it got worse.  Every now and then, we do need to cut an activity out because continuation of that activity has no modified and improved posture and would significantly hurt the improvement of the patient. Activity modification (conscious positional awareness) helps ALL the other treatments have more effectiveness and prevents the collapse of the spine the other 16 hours of the day that they aren’t doing their other, more aggressive Scoliosis Exercises. This is all Conscious Effort throughout the day that has to eventually become a “Good Habit” that the patient can use the rest of their life. Our “Schroth-based” training program focuses on the patient’s activities and teaches them how to do what they love to do…with better posture.

These exercises and principles applied to daily life will assist the individual in managing their scoliosis throughout  life. Their body awareness  in space with sitting, standing, and moving is increased during the training time. Therefore, they will be more aware of how they are sitting at school, at the office, in the car, at the dining room table,  while watching television, or on the computer.