Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rehab it as you see it

If this stuff doesn't get you psyched up...

Thanks to Dr. Dave Tiberio for the heads up on this article from the June '08 "European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine". "Rehabilitation of Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis: results of exercises and bracing from a series of clinical studies".

The SEAS (scientific exercise approach to scoliosis) was shown to be an effective alternative to bracing. These exercises are isometric in nature, & not the ones I would necessarily choose, but exciting none the less. The concept that soft tissue can ideed influence structure. They actually reduced the Cobb angle. The important concept of SEAS is that there is no one size fits all protocol. It is individualized to the patient.
I think this concept can be generalized to incude athletic injuries. We are on the right track here. Rehabilitation should be athlete driven, not protocol driven. Like Bob Dylan sings, "you better start swimmin', Or you'll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin'."

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