The Scoliosis Experience
Straight Talk Scoliosis with Rachel and Terry Mulvaney…The Curvy Girls

Straight Talk Scoliosis with Rachel and Terry Mulvaney…The Curvy Girls

June 24, 2022

This was an amazing episode to record.  Terry and Rachel share some fantastic information for all those with scoliosis.  

Terry is the author of Straight Talk Scoliosis which is a great resource book for those living with and dealing with scoliosis.  She has done extensive research on the effective treatments for scoliosis and is a huge patient and parent advocate. 

Rachel's scoliosis story is truly amazing.  From being diagnosed when she was very young, to wearing a brace for years, to then reducing her curve by 50% after she reached skeletal maturity using the Schroth Method....she is amazing!  

There are many things we can learn from this episode.  Not being afraid to try something new if what you are trying isn't working.  Speaking up when you have questions, and being diligent in your exercises.  These are just a few things learned from this episode.  

Straight Talk Scoliosis is a book you can purchase to give you more information on what things to ask, what things to do, and how to get support for yourself or your child.  

The Curvy Girls Support Group is an amazing group to help support those diagnosed with scoliosis.  If you are not a part of that group, you can check it out here.  

Madeline Kidd on Supporting Others with Scoliosis

Madeline Kidd on Supporting Others with Scoliosis

May 30, 2022

One of the best things for those diagnosed with scoliosis is to have support from someone who knows what they are going through.  Madeline is an amazing teen who is looking to do just that.  

She is competing in Miss Northern Utah Outstanding Teen, and has decided her Social Impact Initiative is supporting teenage girls who have been diagnosed with scoliosis.  

She shares her story of having scoliosis herself, being braced, and getting through the challenging times.  Her attitude toward scoliosis is amazing and she has a strong desire to help others dealing with the same thing.  

Madeline's mother, Jenifer, also talks about her experience with scoliosis, since she comes from a long line of women with scoliosis.  She also discusses the need for support groups, not just for teens, but for parents as well. 

This is an awesome episode and we can all learn how to not judge others based on what we see on the outside, because they are dealing with things on the inside as well.  

We wish Madeline the best of luck with her competition later this year for Miss Outstanding Teen of Northern Utah.  We know she is going to do amazing! 

Jennifer Lee, Drama Therapist, on the Scoliosis Mind Body Connection

Jennifer Lee, Drama Therapist, on the Scoliosis Mind Body Connection

May 16, 2022

Jennifer Lee is a licensed Drama Therapist in Boston and took the time to discuss her own experience with scoliosis, as well as how she helps those struggling with scoliosis and chronic pain.  

She also gives some really helpful insights into what providers can do better when talking to their patients.  Most of the time, this can be a very influential interaction and we need to do better with making it a positive one.  

Jenn touches on how she uses Drama Therapy along with other treatment techniques to address the psychological side of scoliosis along with how she currently addresses her own scoliosis. 

This would be a great episode for anyone with scoliosis, but especially adolescents who are just diagnosed.  It would also be great for any provider who treats scoliosis to learn some important things from the patient perspective. 

To learn more about how we treat scoliosis, check out our website at www.aligntherapyutah.com

Helping Scoliosis with Drama Therapy with Skylar Stratemeyer

Helping Scoliosis with Drama Therapy with Skylar Stratemeyer

May 9, 2022

Skylar Stratemeyer shares her experience with scoliosis and being diagnosed at a young age.  She was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis and spondylolisthesis.  The fear and uncertainty surrounding this diagnosis was challenging and she talks about how she addressed this in her own life. 

Skylar is a Drama Therapy student as well, and she describes how Drama Therapy can help those with scoliosis.  Sometimes, the psychological trauma that occurs early in life with scoliosis can continue into adulthood.  When this happens, what do you do? 

Check out this episode to hear some ideas of how you can help live better with scoliosis and to hear Skylar's awesome attitude and story.  

To find more information on scoliosis, check out our Scoliosis Portal at https://aligntherapyutah.com/scoliosis-portal/

Adult Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Surgery and Treatment with Dr Steinhaus and Dr Brewster

Adult Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Surgery and Treatment with Dr Steinhaus and Dr Brewster

April 22, 2022

Treatment of adult spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, etc) can be complex and confusing.  Many patients are just told to wait until it is bad enough for surgery, and then something can be done. 

Dr Steinhaus and Dr Brewster of the Intermountain Spine Institute take a different approach to treatment spinal deformities in adults.  

In this episode, they talk about the techniques they do surgically to relieve pain and improve function, but they also talk about those they recommend.  

One of my favorite discussion points in this episode is they do the LEAST amount of surgery necessary to improve as much function as possible.  This is really helpful when you think they are not looking to do a large surgery if it is not needed.  

These are two surgeons who are improving the way adult spinal deformities are treated.  If you are looking for more information on them, you can check out the Intermountain Spine Institute's Website at https://www.intermountainspine.com/  

You can also call their office at 801-314-BACK (2225).

To see more information on adult scoliosis and spinal deformity treatment, check out our website at https://aligntherapyutah.com/adult-scoliosis/

Cindy Marti, PT Talks about Teaching and Practicing Scoliosis Treatment

Cindy Marti, PT Talks about Teaching and Practicing Scoliosis Treatment

November 2, 2021

In this episode I talk to Cindy Marti, who is one of my main mentors in scoliosis treatment.  I first met Cindy as a student in one of her courses with the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS).  In that course I spend 10 days listening to her teach and was amazed with her knowledge and insights.  

I finally got the opportunity to talk to her on the podcast and she shares some crucial insights into scoliosis, scoliosis treatment, the Schroth Method, and how to get the most out of treatment. 

One of my favorite things she says is "Why not try and see?" in reference to trying conservative treatment for scoliosis.  This is in contrast to the common thought of lets "wait and see if it gets worse" that is so common these days.  

Cindy is an instructor with the BSPTS and you can learn more about getting training in the Rigo Method by going to BSPTS.org, or you can go to https://www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com/ to learn more as well.  

If you want to contact Cindy directly, her email is cmarti@sdwpt.com.

To learn more about scoliosis specific treatment, and how we do this in Lehi, Utah, check out https://aligntherapyutah.com/

A PT Student‘s Scoliosis Experience: with Skylar Fenton

A PT Student‘s Scoliosis Experience: with Skylar Fenton

October 12, 2021

In this episode, Skylar shares her story and experience on scoliosis surgery during college. She also describes what it is like living with spinal fusion. 

Being a PT student at Rocky Mountain University in Provo, UT, she has learned about the body and spine and requested an internship at my clinic.  She wanted to learn more about scoliosis treatment. 

She shares some great insight into the education PT's receive about scoliosis and specifically treatment, as well as her experience with PT after surgery.  

Skylar is a great example of working hard and not letting a large scoliosis curve, or fusion, get you down.  She is still a runner and athlete and has learned how to address her scoliosis as well. 

This is a great episode for anyone who is diagnosed with scoliosis or who has had surgery and is wondering what their outlook will be.  

One of the main things she talks about that helped her was to get in touch with others who also have scoliosis or who have been through surgery.  Hopefully this episode helps those going through similar things. 

To learn more about scoliosis treatment at Align Therapy, check out https://aligntherapyutah.com/

Stay Positive and Ask Questions: Chiari and Scoliosis with Izzy

Stay Positive and Ask Questions: Chiari and Scoliosis with Izzy

October 12, 2021

Most scoliosis is termed "Idiopathic" which means "of unknown cause".  Sometimes though, scoliosis is caused by other things that we do know.  In this episode, I talk to Izzy and her mother, Julie, about scoliosis that came on after a neurological cause.  

Izzy was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation which caused her scoliosis.  Her experience and journey through brain surgery and then scoliosis treatment is inspiring.   

Even with brain surgery and faithfully bracing, Izzy is now looking at having VBT surgery to reduce the size of her curve as she continues to grow.  In this episode you can hear how she has stayed motivated and optimistic. 

Her advice is to stay positive and ask questions.  Listen to the rest of her story to learn more about what you can do to help your own curve.  

 

You can learn more about scoliosis in children by going to our website at  https://aligntherapyutah.com/child-teen-scoliosis/

Don‘t Limit Yourself with Garrett Batty

Don‘t Limit Yourself with Garrett Batty

September 16, 2021

In this episode, I talk to Garrett Batty who is a Film Producer/Director.  He has an amazing story of perseverance through challenges related to scoliosis.  

Garrett was born with a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot resulting in multiple surgeries.  He was also born with scoliosis which progressed to where he needed scoliosis correction surgery as a teen.  

During this surgery, he was paralyzed because of a spinal cord injury.  This is a very rare complication of scoliosis surgery.  Even though his doctors told him he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he decided to push through and eventually walked out of the hospital 40 days later.  

Since that surgery he has still had some issues with weakness and limping and recently was seen in my office for treatment involving the Schroth Method for scoliosis.  He has seen some awesome results from this and has worked hard to improve his back. 

This is a great episode for anyone who has challenges that they feel "limit" them.  He shows a great determination to overcome obstacles.  His advice to all who listen to this episode is to not limit yourself.  You care capable of so much more than you think.  

You can learn more about scoliosis specific exercise by going to https://aligntherapyutah.com/adult-scoliosis/

Fighting Scheuermann‘s Kyphosis with Back Flips

Fighting Scheuermann‘s Kyphosis with Back Flips

August 11, 2021

Scheuermann's Kyphosis is a deformity of the spine where the vertebrae develop a wedge shape which causes more of a forward curve of the back.  It can cause pain because the muscles are overloaded in the forward posture. 

Heather is a great example of living life even with back pain and spinal deformity.  She has seen great results with the Schroth Method for posture correction as well as manual therapy.  She mentions being treated with Dry Needling, which has been very helpful in controlling and reducing her pain. 

This episode would be great for anyone with Scheuermann's Kyphosis, or even with any back pain or problem.  Heather is a great example of not letting pain control your life. 

To learn more about treatment specific to Kyphosis, check out our Kyphosis Page on the website.  https://aligntherapyutah.com/kyphosis/

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