Scoliosis is a lateral (toward the side) curvature in the normally straight vertical line of the spine. Scoliosis cases are typically classified into the following categories:
Congenital scoliosis: Caused by abnormal spinal development, and is present at birth.
Neuromuscular scoliosis: Caused by a neurological or muscular disease, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy.
Degenerative scoliosis: This may result from trauma (such as injury or illness), previous major back surgery, osteoporosis, or general wear and tear.
Idiopathic scoliosis: This is the most common type of scoliosis, and has no specific proven cause.
Somatic Movement Center is looking for volunteers with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis to participate in the pilot study and receive free Clinical Somatic Education sessions.
Participants in the pilot study will receive a minimum of four hands-on sessions (60-90 minutes in length), one session per week, at Somatic Movement Center in Watertown, MA. They will also be asked to do gentle self-care exercises for about 20 minutes every day at home.
Participants must be diagnosed with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis and have at least a 20 degree curvature. There will be an in-person assessment with each participant to determine if they are a good candidate for the study. Participants must not have done any Clinical Somatic Education in the past.
Somatic Movement Center was formed in 2010 by Clinical Somatic Educators Patrick Flanagan and Sarah Warren. Clinical Somatic Education is a highly effective method of neuromuscular re-education which releases chronic, involuntary muscle contraction to provide lasting pain relief. Somatic Movement Center provides hands-on clinical sessions, workshops, and a professional training program.