Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis

J. Bettany-Saltikov, E. Parent, M. Romano, M. Villagrasa, S. Negrini

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The use of exercises for the treatment of Adolescent with Idiopathic Scoliosis is controversial. Whilst & ercises are routinely used in a number of central an southern European countries, most centres in the re; of the world (mainly in Anglo-Saxon countries), do nc advocate its use. One of the' reasons for this is th: many health care professionals are usually not conve: sant with the differences between generalised phys otherapy exercises and physiotherapeutic scoliosi: specific exercises (PSSE): while the former are generi exercises usually consisting of low-impact stretchin and strengthening activities like yoga, Pilates and th Alexander technique, PSSE consist of a program <curve-specific exercise protocols which are individual] adapted to a patients' curve" site, magnitude and clin cal characteristics. PSSEs are performed with the ther; peutic aim of reducing the deformity and preventing IL progression. It also aims to stabilise the improvement achieved with the ultimate goal of limiting the need fc corrective braces or the necessity of surgery. This papt introduces the different 'Schools' and approaches c PSSE currently practiced (Scientific Exercise Approac to Scoliosis - SEAS, Schroth, Barcelona Scoliosis Phys cal Therapy School - BSPTS, Dobomed, Side Shift, Fun tional Individual Therapy of Scoliosis - FITS and Lyor and discusses their commonalities and differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Exercise
  • Scoliosis
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)


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