Super-powered treatment for Scoliosis: Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates & Massage

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
January 10, 2024
Super-powered treatment for Scoliosis: Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates & Massage

Super-powered treatment for Scoliosis: Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilates & Massage

Physical therapy can be an effective part of the management plan for scoliosis, a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. It's important to note that the goals of physical therapy for scoliosis are generally to improve muscle strength, flexibility, and overall function rather than to completely correct the curvature. The specific approach to physical therapy may vary based on factors such as the severity of scoliosis, age, and individual needs. Here are some common components of physical therapy for scoliosis:

·        Assessment and Evaluation: thorough assessment by a physical therapist to determine the degree and pattern of the scoliosis, as well as identifying any imbalances or weaknesses in the muscles

·        Stretching and Flexibility Exercises: targeted stretches to improve flexibility, especially in the muscles on the concave side of the curve (including yoga)

·        Strengthening Exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the spine, including the core muscles, back extensors, and abdominal muscles (including Pilates)

·        Postural Training: Focus on improving posture and body awareness to help maintain a more neutral spine alignment

·        Breathing Exercises: Diaphragmatic breathing exercises can be incorporated to promote better lung function and overall respiratory health

·        Functional Activities: Integration of scoliosis-specific exercises into daily activities to enhance functional capacity

·        Orthopedic Bracing: In some cases, a physical therapist may work with a patient who is using a scoliosis brace, helping them adapt to the brace and providing exercises to complement the bracing treatment

·        Education: Providing education on scoliosis management, including lifestyle modifications, ergonomic principles, and home exercise programs

·        Manual therapy: Hands on treatment with massage

Dr. Nekita Sullivan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified yoga and Pilates teacher, and certified health education specialist. She has 20 plus years of experience. She uses yoga, Pilates, and massage in her treatments of those with scoliosis. Yoga can be a beneficial complement to traditional treatments for scoliosis, helping to improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and promote better posture and body awareness. While yoga may not correct the curvature of the spine, it can contribute to overall well-being and quality of life for individuals with scoliosis. Pilates is another form of exercise that can be beneficial for individuals with scoliosis. Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles, improving flexibility, and enhancing overall body awareness, making it a valuable addition to scoliosis management. Massage is also helpful to reduce pain and soreness of muscles and soft tissue. It's important for individuals with scoliosis to work closely with healthcare professionals, such as physical to create a personalized treatment plan.

Yoga Therapy Bar is proud to offer physical therapy, yoga, and Pilates services in downtown Clemson, virtually, and off-site to Upstate residents of Clemson, Central, Liberty, Easley, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Salem, and other surrounding towns. Physical Therapy services are 1 hour in duration one-on-one. Pricing options include a flat fee for one treatment or a package fee for multiple treatments.  No referral is needed.  There are no insurance limitations. Appointments are available the same week. Handicapped parking is just outside of the front door. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at for details. You can also check us out on the web at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. #physicaltherapyClemson #clemsonphysicaltherapy #clemsonyoga #yogaclemsonsc #Pilatesclemson #yogaphysicaltherapy #physicaltherapyyoga #physicaltherapyclemsonsc #bodyandmind #holistic #massageclemson #scoliosistreatmentclemson