• Jessica Ashwood Scoliosis

    by Dr. Andrew Strauss, BS MS DC
    on Mar 31st, 2017

Jessica Ashwood - Australian Olympic Swimmer

Jessica Ashwood currently holds the Australian record for both the 400m and 800m freestyle. Jessica was diagnosed in her early teens with a severe S-shaped scoliosis. She has forgone both scoliosis surgery and scoliosis bracing because both treatments would end her career.

Her S-curve creates a challenge as it affects her balance both in and out of water and weakens one of her arms. This causes Ashwood to swim crooked so she has developed a unique stroke technique to compensate for the uneven strength and position in the water.

Jessica Ashwood (right) competing against USA's Leah Smith (left) in 400 m freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ashwood suffers from significant neck and back pain and must have two physiotherapy sessions a week after training to realign her spine.

You CAN be an Olympic Swimmer with a Twisted Spine

Author Dr. Andrew Strauss, BS MS DC For the past 30 years Dr. Strauss has been successfully treating scoliosis patients using a combination of traditional chiropractic methods while incorporating the treatment methods of the CLEAR treatment system, a treatment system developed by the Chiropractic Leadership, Educational Advancement & Research (CLEAR) institute “to effectively treat the condition of scoliosis without the use of bracing or by performing surgery.” The CLEAR Institute has awarded Dr. Strauss their highest level of certification.

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