My daughter was diagnosed with a 67 degree thoracic curvature in Aug 2012 during summer vacation in Atlanta a few weeks shy of her 12th birthday! (Just a year before we contacted Dr Strauss.)
It was devastating! We were referred to a scoliosis expert for children who fitted her with the Spinecor brace which cost almost $5000. She wore it for a year during which I had engaged in online researches for scoliosis treatment and Clear institute came up!
I was fascinated with the exercise methods, Youtube videos of success stories and knew it should work for my daughter!
Contacted several of the clear institute certified doctors but only Dr Strauss responded with pure honesty, integrity, passion and I could sense pure dedication to what he does to help the correction of scoliosis from his tone during phone calls and emails!
Long and short of it all, my entire family came to NY to support my daughter during her 2 weeks intensive therapy programme! It was daunting and even more devastating when after a comprehensive and thorough evaluation, her curvature had progressed to 99 degrees thoracic and 78 degrees lumber!! Imagine d horror and heartbreak even after the 22 hour wear of the brace over a year! It didn't work!
Dr Strauss was open and encouraged us! It was a pretty high and severe curve! He advice us to get MRIs done to rule out any underlying conditions that the xrays can't pick up and got an expert with vast years of experience to read the MRIs! He even went further to get us a discount on the MRI payment as we had no health insurance! Thankfully, results were normal and clean!
Dr Strauss armed with the results and the assistance of Darlene, they got to work on my daughter with various machines, exercises, stretches?, weights etc. They were amazing! She was further armed with exercise materials, dvds, diagrams and her cantilever (apparatus:thats the pipe like thing you must have seen on their website) was built to her curve specification. It was intense on my daughter but she had to keep pushing and work harder with all that is at our disposal in terms of experts, methods and machines to reduce her curve, especially as we don't have such resources back home in Nigeria! Of course we threw the $5000 brace in the trash!
My daughter resumed at the clinic about 7.30am, has a 2 hour break about noon and back till 6pm 5 days a week except for friday which is half day, Tuesdays and Saturdays are off days!
My daughter was not alone, many teenagers and preteens that came from all over the world were enrolled for the 2wk programme, from Syria, Russia,Turkey,London etc. That boosted her moral as the other patients encouraged one another and of course friendship evolved!
After 2 weeks of intense therapy sessions, home rehab exercises and breathing exercises, her curve was reduced to 76 degrees? thoracic and 58 degrees lumber!! It was a miracle, a delight and a blessing! It worked!! Exercises work!
We were given evaluation reports backed up with strict instructions to follow with her cantilever that was built to help her exercises in the clinic and at home! Her posture had improved, her lung capacity and breathing was better, her flexibility and reach was better and of course her confidence soared!
She is doing her exercises twice a day and with her apparatus 3 times daily. She turned 13 2 weeks ago and is doing very well according to pictures I send to Dr Strauss for evaluation.
Myself and her are looking forward to her? follow up next month! I believe in the system! The staff was superb! Darlene kept encouraging my daughter and never gave up on her! Dawn, ever smiling and on her toes with information to make your stay at the clinic and Nanuet as pleasant as possible, always genuinely ready to help! Heather keeps me updated via emails and is very warm!
With these wonderful people working with Dr Strauss, i was at peace! My daughter had very good results after the 2wks and we are still pushing to reduce the curve!
I hope I haven't bored you! Lol! But I can authoritatively recommend you look into sending your child to Nanuet! You will not regret it!
- Aurelia, mother of Venus, age 13, Lagos, Nigeria