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OCHK Scoliosis Programme

Here at OCHK, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive treatment approach to scoliosis. As such, we’ve developed the Scoliosis Programme, a combined therapeutic plan that offers great results. Our personalised Programme is suitable for both children and adults.

The Programme focuses on a combined approach of manual therapy and corrective exercise depending on your needs, circumstances and goals. We also offer SpineCor dynamic bracing, where appropriate.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a common condition where the spine curves sideways to more than 10 degrees. Its three-dimensional shape involves an element of twisting or rotation, causing a prominence in the ribs on one side. It can develop in people of any age, though it’s often first found in children and young teenagers.

Alternatively, there may be a functional cause, when the body is compensating for a problem elsewhere, such as in the hip or knee. It generally resolves when the cause is treated, although if it’s present for too long, the changes can become permanent. Other forms include congenital and neuromuscular scoliosis.

Symptoms

The condition typically develops gradually. You may notice:

A tilt at the pelvis or shoulders
Uneven space between the arm
and waist from one side to the other
Back pain and stiffness
A prominence in the ribcage on
one sideoften more visible from the
back as you bend forwards
Clothes fitting unevenly

If it becomes severe, scoliosis can adversely impact health. The change in shape of the body’s cavities can affect internal organs, including the heart, lungs, and digestive system. Compression in the spine can also result in nerve problems, such as back and leg pain, or bowel and bladder issues.

The osteopathic component

Every scoliosis is unique, both in its shape and in the way it affects your function and quality of life. Our osteopaths evaluate every aspect of your scoliosis, including its impact on your wider health.

Based on the belief that all parts of the body must be working together to function optimally, osteopathic treatment provides specific mobilisation, soft-tissue work and other techniques. These target areas affected by your scoliosis, both in the spine and elsewhere.

Benefits of the osteopathic programme for scoliosis:

  • Improves flexibility
  • Alleviates pain
  • Maximises function
  • Addresses breathing issues
  • Reduces pressure on nerves
  • In cases of functional scoliosis, identifies and resolves the root cause
  • Provides advice on self-care, such as sleeping aids and posture

The corrective exercise component

Exercise is an important part of any management plan for scoliosis. Corrective exercises are used to reinforce postural adjustments, so that over time the body can hold itself in a better position.

The advantage of a supervised programme of corrective exercise is that it targets your specific needs.

Benefits of the corrective exercise programme for scoliosis:

  • Eases pain
  • Improves function
  • Can reduce spinal deformity
  • Increases quality of life
  • Aids breathing mechanics
  • Benefits posture

The SpineCor® component

We’re proud to be able to offer this bespoke service, which combines with targeted
movement and exercise to halt curve progression and provide pain relief. SpineCor braces offer dynamic support for idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis. Unlike the rigid plastic commonly used in other bracing methods, SpineCor uses flexible elasticated straps, which dynamically retrain the spine to adopt a more natural position.

Benefits of the SpineCor bracing system:

  • Reduces pain
  • Halts or even reverses curve development
  • Flexible and discreet, it can be worn under clothing
  • Allows normal activity, including sport
  • Easier to wear for long periods
  • Regular reviews for adjustment

About your therapists

STEPHEN WATTS, OSTEOPATH

  • Has worked in manual therapy field for over 17 years
  • Achieved first class award for Master’s in Osteopathy
  • SpineCor brace provider (dynamic scoliosis brace)
  • SpineCor Exercise Method practitioner (scoliosis specific exercises)

JACQUI CHAN, CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST

  • NASM certified Corrective Exercise Coach
  • SpineCor Exercise Method practitioner (scoliosis specific exercises)
  • Has scoliosis herself, and in the last five years she has been able to reduce her curve by over 10 degrees – even as an adult

OCHK is an integrative practice, where we have the advantage of other in-house therapies that can form part of the support team. These include counselling to help with body image issues and self-acceptance, or yoga therapy to help with breath-work and relaxation.

We’re aware of how scoliosis can affect other areas of your health and lifestyle, so while our primary aim is to provide the best outcome to correct or manage each patient’s
curvature, we recognise that every person is different and may need support in other ways. We can help and advise where necessary.

Ready to tackle your scoliosis?

Get in touch to find out how our Scoliosis Programme can help you.

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No matter whether your condition was caused by a sport injury, work posture or
otherwise, send us a message or give us a call to see how we can help.