Medical Applications

WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?

Scoliosis is a lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine. It usually consists of two curvatures, the original abnormal curve and a compensatory curve elsewhere in the spine. In addition, the spine may rotate to balance the body.

The cause of structural scoliosis is often unknown. If the curvatures are present at birth it is considered congenital. Scoliosis can develop in early childhood, and affects more girls than boys. In severe cases, scoliosis not only impacts the spine and muscles but also inner organs such as the lungs and heart. Early treatment, while bones are still growing, is critical in order to avoid long-term complications or surgery.

Adults can develop functional (rather than structural) scoliosis. Poor posture and habits such as folding one leg over the other, carrying a purse over one shoulder, and favoring one leg while standing, can create imbalances and persistent muscle spasms, leading to scoliosis. Both types of scoliosis are amenable to improvement or correction.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Developed by Paul Horvath, a physical therapist and former trainer of the Romanian Olympic gymnastics team, the scoliosis program consists of a five-part exercise sequence using the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® developed by his brother Juliu Horvath. At GYROTONIC® San Luis Obispo, Christine Wilson, RN – who trained with Paul Horvath – offers this program in private sessions.

Improvement will be noticed within weeks, depending on the degree of curvature, age, lifestyle, and physical fitness of the individual. The full program may take as little as six months or as long as one year.

To read a clinical study of this program, please visit GYROTONIC® and choose “research”.

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS

The scoliosis program at GYROTONIC® San Luis Obispo works well in conjunction with Raindrop Technique, as well as chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

Raindrop Technique, offered at GYROTONIC® San Luis Obispo, is a non-invasive application of therapeutic-grade essential oils and gentle massage. This treatment is based on the theory that dormant viruses or bacteria along the spinal nerves may be involved in certain types of spinal misalignment. The treatment focuses on eliminating these pathogens, reducing inflammation, and relieving muscle spasms. A typical treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes. The essential oils continue to work for up to seven days.