Scoliosis. Article by Margarita Gurevich, published in Melbourne's Child magazine (March 2017 edition)

Child Mags March Cover 2017

Physiotherapy can be very effective in managing scoliosis, according to Margarita Gurevich, Senior Physiotherapist at Health Point Physiotherapy ( Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral (sideways) and rotational curvature of the spine. While there are different types of this condition, one of the most common is Idiopathic scoliosis – which simply means there is no known cause. Juvenile scoliosis, which develops between the ages of two and 10 years, falls into that category. Part of the physiotherapy treatment, which deals with pain management and addressing secondary effects of scoliosis, is clinical pilates. The exercises help to strengthen postural muscles, reduce the likelihood of scoliosis progression, improve cosmetic appearance and physical ability, correct muscle imbalances and hone in on core stability. Margarita also says that using realtime ultrasound will help your child and their physiotherapist assess core strength by seeing on the screen how the core muscles work – this makes sure that correct activation is achieved.