HOW IS THE TREATMENT
A STANDARD SESSION
Below we describe a typical session that we will give in T.I.E. Center. The duration varies between 90 and 150 minutes, depending on the recommendations of our physiotherapists based on the individual needs of each patient.
COLUMN MOBILITY EXERCISES VERTEBRAL
The session begins with the patient doing stretching exercises in a special, active rehabilitation chair, the “Wooble Chair”. The chair has a seat that pivots 360 ° improving the mobility of the spine and facilitating the movement of the same in different positions. When scoliosis develops, the muscles and tendons on one side of the spine become very stiff. Side movement exercises help to relax these stiff areas.
SOFT SPINE TRACTION
Patients then perform gentle traction exercises. A device is placed as the picture is seen between the jaw and the back of the neck while the patient remains standing. The patient flexes his knees and then stretches, repeating this maneuver every two seconds for a few minutes. This spinal stretching is very gentle and the aim is to relax the spine and promote the health of the vertebrae.
THERAPY BASED ON VIBRATION
The patient then lies on a roll placed under the neck and is connected to a small motor that produces a constant vibration and low frequency. There is a relaxing effect on the collagen formed by intervertebral discs, tendons and ligaments. It is very soft but also very effective reducing problems associated with scoliosis such as pain in the neck and back, improving in turn the flexibility of the spine.
Then our professionals apply a therapeutic massage in order to relax the deep muscles connected to the spine. It applies asymmetrically to certain muscles. The other muscle groups are then treated with different massages and exercises specially designed to strengthen them.
FLEXING / REST THERAPY
These techniques have been used for decades to treat patients with herniated discs and lower back pain. The patient lies face down on the stretcher and the lower half of the stretcher goes up and down slowly providing smooth and intermittent stretches to the spine. This specific therapy has been custom designed by Dr. Leander Eckard. He designed this stretcher to treat the spine of patients with scoliosis.
Although it is believed that scoliosis is a lateral curve of the spine, the truth is that it is a three-dimensional problem. Looking sideways, our spine should have three curves; Two pointing forward, one in the neck (cervical lordosis) and one in the lower back (lumbar lordosis) and one pointing back in the middle of the back (chymosis). In most cases of scoliosis, the middle curve (thoracic kyphosis) becomes flatter, which can cause the shoulder blades to protrude forward. Sometimes the curve of the neck is lost resulting in poor posture and problems of breathing or sleep. If the curve of the lower back is lost this can cause tension in the muscles and intervertebral discs, causing back pain. At the Center we will make adjustments that will help restore the curves of the spine. Adjustments will be made on the lower back and on the hips depending on the shape of each patient’s spine. Each spine is different so that each patient is given specific adjustments based on three-dimensional measurements made with a series of x-rays. In turn, adjustments will be made in the neck with the patient is seated, using an adjustment instrument that applies gentle and precise forces inside the bones of the neck, helping to realign them back, towards the ideal position. Each patient is treated according to his unique morphology of the spine, and by means of x-rays taken before and after we verify the degree of correction obtained. What we do not do is use our hands to twist or twist our necks.
COMPLETE BODY VIBRATION THERAPY
These new therapies are currently used to gain muscle mass or lose weight, however the equipment we use does not have this purpose. Our equipment is specially designed to help improve posture and balance. These techniques, currently being studied by scientists and researchers around the world, are used to improve balance in older people or people with Parkinson’s and have been shown to be very useful in the treatment of scoliosis.
TRACTION CHAIR FOR THE TREATMENT OF SCOLIOSIS
This chair has been used by thousands of patients all over the world. It has a very positive effect on the spine and its use is very simple, but always under the direction and recommendations of health professionals. The chair combines gentle traction with other forces applied to reduce scoliosis while the patient is seated which eliminates the possible influence of the hips and legs on the spine. Simultaneously the column is unrolled, elongated and stretched. The patient performs exercises specially designed to work in tandem reinforcing the correct position of the spine. A gentle vibration, described above, is applied to improve the effect. X-rays taken to patients while placed in this chair have shown important improvements in spine rotation and the rib cage as well as the reduction of the Cobb angle, improvements far superior to those that could potentially be achieved through the use of the traditional and little effective corset.
SPECIFIC ISOMETRIC EXERCISES FOR THE SPINE
The patient will perform a series of isometric rehabilitation exercises specific to the treatment of scoliosis. Isometric exercises are performed without movement, such as those performed in certain types of YOGA such as IYENGAR, and are the opposite of isotonic exercises such as weight lifting. Isometric exercises are much more effective for working the central muscles of the body that control posture. These exercises are performed both in the center and at home, forming part of the treatment protocol. Exactly as with the adjustments and therapies described above, these exercises are prescribed to the patient based on his unique and unique spine from the data obtained from the three-dimensional radiographs previously taken.