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Impressed with BrightSTAR Schroth patients’ results, Doctor reports, “She’s exceeding all expectations”

Scoliosis Treatments, Doctors Typical RecommendationsThese scoliosis updates are particularly special because they both have dramatically reduced the curve from a severity that was dangerously close to the point that doctors recommend surgery.   They also illustrate the great level of effectiveness of Bright Star Physical Therapy’s Schroth Program.   See chart right indicating levels of scoliosis therapy and typical doctors’ recommendations.

 

Schroth Method at BrightSTAR Physical Therapy, 46% Improvement46% Improvement

Patient #1, whom we’ll call “M”, for the sake of privacy, showed 46% improvement in just 5 months.  

She is 14 years old.  Curve was close enough that if it would grow a few more degrees, the doctor was going to talk about surgery. The time periods between the x-rays was about 5 months. The patient and her supporting family were very dedicated and the results show it.   We are very proud of her — and very happy for her results.  The picture shows the before & after pictures.   As shown in the chart above, doctors typically recommend surgery for Scoliosis patients in the 40 degrees and greater level of progression – “M” was at 39° (just 1 degree short of the Surgery category) — if improvement was not made soon, surgery may have been recommended.  Not only did the patient’s curve move away from 39°, they reduced it by nearly 50%.   BrightSTAR’s Schroth Physical Therapy Program is perfect for patients looking for non-invasive methods of treatment for their Scoliosis.

Schroth Method at BrightSTAR Physical Therapy, 46% Improvement
32% Improvement

Patient #2, “A”, again for privacy, showed a 32% improvement in only 2 months — from 38° to 26° with no brace.

The picture shows before & after shots of a 12 year old female patient using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

She started out with a 38 degree curve and started the Schroth physical therapy only 2 months ago.   Today, the doctor today said “she exceeded all expectations!” — she measured 17 degrees in brace, but what’s amazing – she measured 26 degrees out of brace.  From 38 to 26!

The continued success of BrightSTAR’s Scoliosis Schroth  Physcal Therapy Program is underlined with these patient updates.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

“Sense of Hope”
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

Scoliosis is a disease that causes an improper curve of the spine

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a disease called scoliosis. The spine can bend right or left and may have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled and quality of life improved, however left untreated, it can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region — not to mention psychological effects.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

 

“This is Amazing”; Patient update from a Scoliosis mom

brightstar_patientupdatePatient update: This is an 12 year old male patient of Bright STAR; has received incredible results. Letters like this warm our hearts and make our day.

The picture here shows before & after Physical Therapy using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

“Hi Masha, this is amazing! Thank you so much to you and Bella.” – Scoliosis Mom

Scoliosis is the improper curve of the spine

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a disease called scoliosis. The spine can bend right or left and may have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled and quality of life improved, however left untreated, it can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region — not to mention psychological effects.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

“Sense of Hope”
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Cupping Therapy at Bright STAR Physical Therapy

Masha Katz, Cupping Certification
Masha Katz, Cupping Certification

Want to try cupping therapy?  Bright STAR is certified to perform cupping therapy treatments.  Read on to learn about other famous people using cupping and how it can benefit you.

Celebrity cupping enthusiasts are growing in numbers
It was about 10 years ago when cupping first appeared —  For example, Actress Gwyneth Paltrow showed up on the red carpet “unusual” round cupping marks on her back. She received a lot of press and later explained to Oprah, “It feels amazing and it’s very relaxing.”   She is not alone among actors who are devoted the ancient healing technique. Last April, Jennifer Aniston arrived at her latest premiere, “Call Me Crazy” revealing cupping circles.   Others known for using cupping therapy are Jessica Simpson, Lady Gaga and Victoria Beckham. All have also spoken out about using cupping for various physical complaints as well as for relaxation.

Athletes’ secret weapon is cupping
Tennis star Andy Murray said he uses cupping in conjunction with other treatments to relieve stiffness and to help address back injury.   The Wall Street Journal reported on the multitude of Mets players using cupping.   Met’s player, Daisuke Matsuzaka was quoted in WSJ saying, “As an athlete, I want to play as long as possible, in order to do that, I need to find ways to protect my body. I’m always looking for something that might be better.”

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cupping therapy,therapist removes cups from the patient’s back

Famous swimmers, gymnasts & other athletes use cupping therapy to improve their performance.   For athletes who aren’t hurt, the increased blood flow from cupping helps repair muscle fibers after a tough workout.

But cupping is not just for movie stars and athletes … cupping is highly beneficial for everyone.

Cupping provides benefits for many conditions
It can help remove toxins from the body, stimulates the flow of fresh blood & anti-bodies to the affected area and throughout the body. It’s known for helping the flu, coughs, joint pain, lower back and muscle pain, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, poor circulation, red itchy skin conditions and indirectly helps with allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.

In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine, variations of cupping were also used by Egyptians, North American Indians & Greeks.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff can perform Cupping Therapy to help heal injuries, decrease recovery time & relieve pain. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

Patient update – Scoliosis patient curve dramatically reduced

brightstar_featuredupdate_blogPatient update: This is an 11 year old girl — a patient of Bright STAR; she was very very dedicated and has received incredible results.

The picture here shows 3 months of Physical Therapy using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

Her doctor was very pleased and so are we!

Scoliosis is described as an improper curve of the spine…

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a state called scoliosis. The spine can bend either to the right or left and might have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing and forming. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled, however left unhealed can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

There is hope
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Why wait? Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Come get the Cupping Treatment at Bright STAR Physical Therapy

We’re talking about Cupping Therapy – and famous athletes Swear By It. You may have noticed the round, dark circles on the bodies of famous swimmers & gymnasts along with other athletic competitors. It’s created by a form of physical therapy called cupping therapy.

The cupping process draws blood from your vessels and into your tissue. Since your body thinks it’s been injured, it jumpstarts an inflammatory response, mobilizing antibodies to the area to try to heal it.

cupping therapy, therapist removes cups from the patient's back
cupping therapy, therapist removes cups from the patient’s back

Cupping is also recommended to treat a lot of pain-based conditions. Along with boosting athletic recovery, it’s also been used to manage things like joint pain, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia.   “Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing,” says Houman Danesh, M.D., an assistant professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital who frequently combines cupping with mainstream pain therapy techniques. “Increased blood flow can be beneficial to jumpstart or restart a blunted healing response.”

For athletes who aren’t hurt, the increased blood flow from cupping helps repair muscle fibers after a tough workout.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff can perform Cupping Therapy to help heal injuries, decrease recovery time & relieve pain. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

Benefits of Physical Therapy

physical_therapyPhysical therapists are health care professionals offering cost-effective treatment that improves mobility, relieves pain, reduces the need for surgery and drugs and allows patients to participate in a therapy plan designed for their specific needs.

Improve Mobility & Motion

Physical therapists understand anatomy & are experts in improving mobility and range of motion. Painless movement is necessary for quality of daily life, ability to earn a living, pursue your favorite leisure activities, and more.

Reduce Pain

If you have pain, a physical therapy program can be designed to help reduce your pain.  Pain free movement can help us perform more physical activities – and physical activity has so many more great benefits, such as weight management,  physical independence, and studies suggest that walking alone can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, hip fracture, and knee arthritis, among other benefits.  Consistent movement is essential to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which can help prevent costly injuries.

Heal Injuries
Speaking of injuries, your body was designed to heal itself — a physical therapist knows how to guide that process along by creating a custom therapy program that encourages, facilitates & accelerates the natural healing your body was designed to do.

Avoid Surgery

physical_therapy2While surgery is necessary as treatment for some injuries, there is increasing evidence that conservative treatments such as physical therapy can be just as effective (and cheaper) for many conditions.

Low back pain is often over-treated despite abundant evidence that physical therapy is the most cost-effective treatment.  Invasive surgery can be very costly, not to mention the MRIs.  Additionally, surgery can increase immediate & long term pain.

Physical therapy has proven as effective as surgery for meniscal / knee, rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis and degenerative diseases along with many other conditions.

Avoid Drugs

Drugs can be useful for some conditions & injuries; however, some drugs have negative side effects.  Not only that, they can be expensive.   Your body has the ability to heal itself – physical therapists just guide that process along for a quicker recovery.

Participate In Your Recovery

Physical therapists work collaboratively with their patients. Treatment strategies can be designed for the patient’s specific goals & challenges. Receiving treatment by a physical therapist is an interactive activity – participating in your own recovery can decrease the healing time & reduce pain faster.  Patients develop a relationship with their physical therapist to help you maintain a long term healthy & pain free lifestyle.

We will design a custom exercise program for you that you can do at the gym, office or at home.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to heal injuries & relieve pain and discomfort. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.   Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

Scoliosis is much more common than you may think

Shailene Woodley of Divergent Series
Shailene Woodley of Divergent Series

Scoliosis doesn’t discriminate either — there are many famous people with Scoliosis — we list just a few below.   We did however; notice that most of them are female.   We don’t know if this is because females are much more likely to have Scoliosis or they’re more willing to share their battles in public. We suspect that it may be a little of both.   Many of these stars with scoliosis have achieved fame despite battling scoliosis and the challenging symptoms of scoliosis.

Scoliosis is an abnormal side to side curvature of the spine. This curve can either develop as a single curve like a “C” or a double curve forming a “S” shape.

Roughly 4% of all people have Scoliosis — that is one child in every classroom, 1 person at the park, grocery store or the movie theater.   Also, Scoliosis occurs twice as often in girls than in boys.   Some studies report that up to 80% of cases occur in adolescent girls.  30% of Scoliosis patients have a family history of Scoliosis.

We also notice that most report that they use non-surgical methods to deal with Scoliosis. Proper stretching & exercise routines can go a long way to improve the quality of life of those who suffer from Scoliosis.   Many report regular exercise as a way to deal with the curve.

Schroth Method is Physical Therapy treatment that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities & quality of life of the patient.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff maintains their training & education on new & innovative treatment options in order to relieve the symtoms of Scolisos.  Scoliosis screening at Bright STAR Physical Therapy is free.   We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood. Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Points
Trigger Points

Many times you will hear a Bright STAR Physical Therapist talk about doing a “trigger point release” or a certain patient having multiple “trigger points”. Which leads us to the question of what exactly is a trigger point?

To understand trigger point we must first understand that every muscle, organ, nerve and blood vessel are covered by a sheet of soft tissue called fascia. The specific sheet covering our muscles are referred to as myofascia.

When myofascia is stressed from overuse or some sort of traumatic movement/injury it can tear and adhere together. When the myofascia adheres it is referred to as a trigger point. Imagine a rubber band being overstretched to the point where it is no longer smooth but bumpy and not taught. Those bumps will naturally adhere to each other; forming a trigger point.

Common causes of trigger points include; but not limited to increased muscle stiffness, moderate to sever tenderness of the muscle, and decreased range of motion. The discomfort or pain from the adhesion of the myofascia can radiate into different parts of the body.

At Bright STAR we use a combination of manual palpation’s, light therapy, and stretching to “release” these adhesions within the muscle. This results in increased blood flow to the affected area; which promotes healing. In addition trigger point therapy  decreases pain symptoms while increasing the rang of motion of the muscle.

Bright STAR Physical Therapy has 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Bright STAR Physical Therapists will be able to identify your trigger points. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

Scoliosis: Early Detection, Early Correction

 

Scoliosis_detection_blogJune is National Scoliosis Awareness Month.

Early Detection, Early Correction. Identify the symptoms of Scoliosis and seek early treatment.    The curve progression can be halted or reduced if caught early in children.  See the visual for possible indications of Scoliosis.   The Schroth Method and physical therapy can also reduce many other symptoms of Scoliosis.

Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.

BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.   Seek advice & treatment for Scoliosis at Bright STAR Physical Therapy. Our staff is continually getting more training, education & experience on new and innovative treatment options to relieve the symptoms of Scoliosis.  We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.   Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

10 Symptoms Expressed by Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis_symptomsJune is National Scoliosis Awareness Month.

What does it feel like to have Scoliosis? If you have Scoliosis or know somebody that does, please feel free to post your comments about it here. There is actually a lot more than just 10 — here are 10 of the most common.   We’d like to hear what you have to say.

• Chronic pain in lower back & legs
• Aesthet
ic deformity (humped back, extended hip, uneven shoulders & legs)

• Discomfort
• Self consciousness
• Embarrassment

• Low self esteem
• Psychological stress

• Inability to perform fun activities
• Shortness of breath
• Trouble performing simple tasks
• Tingling, numbness & muscle spasms
• We
akness 

• Lack of compassion & understanding from others
• Inability to sleep

Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.
BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.   At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to relieve your back pain and discomfort.  We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.   Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com