Like most forms of exercise-based treatment, the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis – SEAS – consists of an individualized exercise program adapted for the purpose of treating scoliosis. SEAS treatment is often used as a stand-alone approach in small curves, and frequently as a compliment to bracing with large curves and where there is a significant risk of progression.
The objective of SEAS exercise is to promote self-correction of the scoliotic posture, using exercises which are often incorporated into a broader exercise program designed to improve overall function and lessen the symptoms of scoliosis.
Unlike other therapies, the SEAS methodology is constantly evolving, so seeking out a practitioner who demonstrates familiarity with the latest research is especially important.
The Schroth method is one of the longest established treatment methods for scoliosis across the board. The method was developed by Katharina Schroth (a scoliosis sufferer) who wanted a more proactive approach to improving some of the functional issue associated with scoliosis – Schroth therapy was made available by Katharina as early as 1921.
The Schroth method itself is comprised of more than 100 individual exercises, which are chosen and organised individually for each patient. A Schroth program usually consists of 6-8 core exercises which are specifically targeted for the curve in question. This is because the Schroth method recognises that what’s appropriate for the common 3-curve, right thoracic scoliosis, for example, would not work for the 4-curve variety.
Schroth therapy goes beyond other methodologies in that it seeks to provide an approach which actively works to arrest and improve scoliosis during everyday life, rather than just during targeted exercise sessions.
While both approaches exist as independent programs, it is possible and indeed common to use aspects of both in tailoring an individual exercise program for the individual.
The Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) technique is also a beneficial treatment approach as an element of a scoliosis rehabilitation plan. Unlike traditional chiropractic treatment, it involves a complex biomechanical analysis of the spine and posture and its shift away from normal structural alignment. Treatment is based upon shifting the spine and posture back to its normal alignment by moving the body into the Mirror Image position i.e. the opposite position to which the body is in. There are case studies that show CBP to be effective in treating non-progressive scoliosis in adults, however it is not strong enough to be used as a standalone methodology in the treatment of progressive scoliosis in children and adolescents – CBP can be highly effective as a form a pain relief in such progressive cases, however.