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Scoliosis Physical Therapists in NYC

Treating Scoliosis Using Schroth Method & SEAS

Pivotal Physical Therapy takes a multidisciplinary approach to conservative management of scoliosis in adults and children. We have have two staff physical therapists that have specialized training for treatment of Scoliosis using the Schroth Method and SEAS. Nicole Ridout, DPT received her certification in the Schroth Method in 2014 and has been effectively implementing it in both pediatric and adult patients. Radhika Huryn, MSPT received her certification in the SEAS Level 1 in 2017 and Level 2 in 2018.

Each patient who comes to our practice is unique and requires a program tailored to their diagnosis. Request your evaluation to learn more about how this treatment can help.

Treat Scoliosis with Schroth Method at Pivotal PT

Why Schroth Method for Scoliosis?

The Schroth Method utilizes exercises customized for each patient to return the spine to a more natural position with the goal of de-rotating, elongating and stabilizing the spine in a three-dimensional plane.

  • Can benefit patients of all ages regardless of severity of scoliosis
  • Non-surgical treatment by trained physical therapist
  • Focuses on restoring muscular symmetry and alignment of posture
  • Teaches you to be aware of posture
  • Utilizes corrective breathing techniques
  • Improves lunch capacity and rib mobilization
  • Decreases rotation in both the rib cage and spine
  • Helps stop curve progression
  • Reduces or eliminates pain
  • Improved posture and appearance – for life

Is This Good for All Scoliosis Patients? What Patients Benefit the Most?

Anyone can benefit from the Schroth or SEAS method. Schroth and SEAS are a conservative, non-invasive, non-surgical approach that would retrain the body’s musculature to help your alignment achieve a more neutral stance. A juvenile can reduce the rate of curve progression and improve their functional alignment. An adult with a stable scoliosis but concurrent lumbar, cervical or pelvic pathology can maximize symmetry. And adults with degenerative scoliosis or post-lumbar spine surgery can benefit from improved functional movement and body mechanics with activities of daily living.

Think of it as learning a new instrument, it rarely sounds good from the beginning, but with dedicated practice, one may acquire the ability to correct, control, and have endurance in maintaining postural corrections over time in relatively still positions. And the reward can be a reduction in spine pain, improved posture and prevention of the scoliotic curve progression.

Prevent Desk job Pain with the exercises by Pivotal PT

What is the SEAS Method of Treatment?

Although Schroth is more widely known, the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) is another method that similarly utilizes breathing and active self-correction to improve a patient’s posture. The therapist focusses on active self-correction techniques, performed without external assistance, generating increased spinal stability through an individualized exercise program with an emphasis on daily function.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Each patient who comes to our practice is unique and requires a program tailored to their diagnosis. So the number of treatments and frequency is dependent upon many factors including age, severity of the scoliosis, and adherence to our recommendations. In general, the therapy is expected to be 2 times per week for 6-8 weeks to see significant results.

Why Choose Pivotal Physical Therapy?

For over 25 years, we have helped New Yorkers achieve results and healing through physical therapy. Our practice is founded in the belief that a comprehensive, personalized approach achieves the highest level of patient rehabilitation and satisfaction.

We have experienced physical therapists with specialized training in using the Schroth Method and SEAS who can help treat your scoliosis. At your first session we will do an evaluation to assess your current condition, abilities and limitations. During the evaluation we will also develop a customized rehabilitation plan specific to your needs, abilities and goals.

If you are not familiar with either of these methods and would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule your evaluation. The Schroth Method is a safe and effective non-surgical or conservative treatment option for adults and children with scoliosis.

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If you are looking for a Manhattan Physical Therapy practice, contact Pivotal Physical Therapy! We treat all standard orthopedic diagnoses, as well other areas such as Pilates and TMD. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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