Cambridge, UK: Michael Parr of Elementary Health has been trained and certified in The Schroth Best Practice Program. Thanks to his specialised training in Scoliosis, the smart and friendly osteopath has assisted many patients suffering from back pain, fatigue, difficulties optimising breathing patterns, and poor posture (among others). And considering each patient is unique, the consulting osteopath offers an individualised treatment plan.
The first step in the treatment is consultation and diagnosis. Michael Parr of Elementary Health checks the cause of Scoliosis from a wide range of issues, neurological abnormalities, structural abnormalities, asymmetry, and aberrant global movement patterns. He also checks whether the patient has signs of neuromuscular, idiopathic, or congenital Scoliosis. With the individualised diagnosis, the professional can make key decisions, such as whether to use spinal manipulation, massage, or providing the patient with a prescriptive exercise programme.
The first intervention may be focused in dealing with pain, nerve irritation, and back pain as this could be putting the patient into a further scoliotic curve. Then the application of clinically supervised Scoliosis Specific Exercises (SSE) becomes the primary focus. Besides being one of the primary interventions for many forms of scoliosis, Scoliosis Specific Exercise Therapy is deemed one of few treatments available for mild Scoliosis in adolescents and adults, as therapy by Physical Rehabilitation reduces the need for more invasive treatments. And while undergoing Scoliosis Specific Exercise Therapy, the patient is under the supervision of Michael Parr and his team.
Bracing is another Scoliosis treatment. With an orthotist’s guidance, the patient wears a special device to reduce the spinal curvature and ensures the condition does not worsen. The choice of suggesting a brace depends on the clinician’s assessment of the curvature’s severity and the patient’s age. For effective results, the bracing treatment is accompanied by SSE under the supervision of a trained team.
The clinician may also recommend combination therapy for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) patients. As the name suggests, the treatment combines two forms of therapy to ensure the progress achieved from the bracing is retained. Under Michael Parr, patients perform specific exercises based on their condition.
Another conservative method the clinician may recommend is Manual Therapy. It is ideal in cases where the patient needs assistance releasing undesirable tension around their soft tissue. The treatment may also be ideal for providing pain relief, especially if they have thorax pain, rib pain, and spinal pain.
When speaking about the treatment, one patient noted: “‘I developed scoliosis in several parts of my spine and this year a nerve in my spine became trapped causing pain and numbness.’ ‘My exercises now are designed to support my whole body and straighten my spine. In addition to pain, scoliosis caused a 2 inch height loss which I am now regaining at the age of 68! Michael’s knowledge of the body is phenomenal’.” Patients looking for a trusted clinic to help them with their condition can trust Elementary Health as the team provides conservative management of Scoliosis and other spinal deformities.
Elementary Health is located at 8c Romsey Terrace, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3NH, UK. Patients with Scoliosis can contact the Cambridge clinic at 01223 902 433 and schedule a consultation with Michael Parr of Elementary Health, who has been trained and certified in the Schroth Best Practice Program. Visit the website for more information.
01223 902 433
8c Romsey Terrace
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