Why Choose Hudson Valley Scoliosis

for Scoliosis Treatment?

Scoliosis Treatment Tailored to each Patient

At Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center we use many different treatment methods to address the uniqueness of each patient’s scoliosis. By carefully examining each patient, understanding their health history, and discussing their goals for care, Dr. Andrew Strauss is able to create a treatment plan that effectively focuses on their individual needs.

Treating the Cause of Scoliosis…Not Just the Symptoms

Most scoliosis treatments only deal with the symptoms of scoliosis, while never actually addressing the underlying cause of scoliosis. The three most common recommendations of traditional medicine are:

  • Watching and waiting (should be called watching and worrying!)
  • Use of old technology braces (Old designs = Boston brace, Providence brace, Rigo Brace)
  • Spinal fusion surgery

Each of these options are often accompanied by serious, negative consequences.

Given the limitations of the standard medical approach, people travel from all over the country and the world to be treated by Dr. Strauss at Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center. Each patient receives corrective treatment for their scoliosis that is tailored to meet their individual treatment needs and allows many of them to avoid the use of scoliosis braces or the need for scoliosis surgery. Temporary fixes may create short term postural changes or only briefly alleviate symptoms before making the overall condition worse. The treatment received at the hands of Dr. Strauss addresses the causes of scoliosis and provides long term solutions.

What are the Benefits of Strauss Method Scoliosis Treatment?

Dr. Strauss has traveled the world and studied with many experts in the field of non surgical scoliosis care.  After 37 years of treating scoliosis patients and expanding his expertise, he developed the Strauss Method. The mission of the Strauss Method is to apply a wide variety of non surgical approaches in crafting a treatment plan that reflects the individual needs of each patient. The Method focuses on 5 types of individualized, scoliosis-specific and corrective home exercise that empower patients with tools for self-care. Yes, bracing is sometimes necessary.  The Strauss Method uses the latest technology in 3D corrective brace design.

6 Tools of The Strauss Method:

  1. Exercises designed to stabilize weakened areas of the spine and to derotate the twisted spine.
  2. Targeted stretching routines to gain movement in the very tight and restricted zones of the spine. In specific cases this stretching also includes the nerve tissue that is tight and pulling the spine into the curve.
  3. Posture retraining exercises that allows the body to keep the corrected curve reductions achieved by the other exercises.  
  4. “Active Self Correction” exercise training to correct posture and stabilize the spine.
  5. Modifying daily activities like sitting, sleeping, carrying a bag or backpack to reduce strain on the scoliosis. 
  6. 3D over-corrective bracing (used in 30% of patient treatment plans), the most modern brace design. A brace that opens at the front, is very comfortable to wear, encourages correct “normal” spinal curves AND most importantly can be corrective in cases where exercise alone is inadequate to get the best results.

The Strauss Method of Scoliosis Treatment

Stage 1: Physical Assessment

The first visit begins with a detailed 30 point structural examination, digital photographs to analyze posture, and up to four small, precise, low dose digital x-rays. This provides information about how the entire spine functions in each patient–not just the areas directly affected by scoliosis. These initial examinations are used as a starting point to measure patient progress. Future progress is monitored and determined throughout the treatment process with interval examinations, generally every 10 visits or one month, depending on the risk of curve progression and the severity of the patient’s scoliosis.

Once the necessary patient information has been gathered and recorded the treatment plan is designed and the care can start. Dr. Strauss and his staff at Hudson Valley Scoliosis follow a unique multi-step process.

Stage 2: Spine Warm-Up

Before the scoliosis can be reduced, the patient must gain movement in the stiff and twisted bones at the center of the scoliosis. This is achieved using a combination of specialized procedures designed to relax the ligaments and muscles of the spine, along with stretching exercises specifically tailored to each patient. This step is very important otherwise the spinal discs, muscles and ligaments will be too stiff, and it will be difficult if not impossible to make lasting changes to the spine.

Stage 3: Adjusting the Spine

Using gentle, instrument-assisted spine adjustments, along with Active Self Correction exercise instruction, the twisted and stuck bones are freed and moved into a more correct position.

In accordance with well researched protocols, at Hudson Valley Scoliosis almost all adjusting of the neck and the back are performed with the use of painless, gentle and precise instruments. This enhances the effectiveness of chiropractic care, while also reducing the amount of force required to correct the spine. When used alongside Active Self Correction, spinal alignment is maintained long after each treatment session.

Stage 4: Lock-in Spinal Corrections

Immediately after the spinal adjustments are completed, the spine is strengthened in its new and more balanced position to ensure the permanency of the changes. This is achieved using posture retraining and vibration therapy. This process retrains the body how to stand, sit, move and walk with a corrected posture. In addition, patients are taught specific scoliosis exercises which are performed at home twice daily. If the Posture Re-training protocols are not followed, any corrections achieved in the spine will be temporary.

Once the patient is trained on their individualized exercise program, the focus shifts to continuing their care at home. Our approach is to empower the patient to perform self-care at their home…. 99% of the program takes place at home using the methods and techniques the patient has learned at our center.

Strauss Method Treatment in Action

Neuromuscular Re-education

Real Expertise in Compassionate Treatment

Dr. Strauss has worked with the CLEAR Institute for more than 13 years, serves as Vice Chairman of its board & is a member of the technique development committee. He has advanced certification in SEAS & scoliosis bracing, & is trained in yoga for scoliosis, Schroth methods, Chiropractic BioPhysics, & Pettibon techniques. He is also a graduate of the World Masters of Scoliosis program.

Lifelong Solutions for Our Valued Patients

Our patients are active participants in their own scoliosis treatment. They receive corrective treatments at our center, along with all the necessary advice, support & training on individually designed scoliosis-specific & corrective home exercises. Our philosophy of care is that patients will master the steps they can take to retain the benefits of treatment for the rest of their lives.

Scoliosis Treatment Options

The Extended Care Treatment Option

We offer an Extended Care treatment plan for patients who live within 100 miles of the center. This option is essentially the same as the Intensive Care except the patient is seen 2-3 times per week over the period of 4-6 months without work or school interruption.

Intensive Scoliosis Treatment Option

This option is designed for patients who live further from our facility or who have schedules that prevent them from coming for weekly appointments. Treatment is accomplished over 1-4 week period.

  • Patients with a curvature(s) LESS than 25 degrees typically require 1 week of intensive treatment.
  • Patients with a curvature(s) MORE than 25 degrees typically require 2 weeks of intensive treatment. Occasionally more complex cases may require an additional week or even two further weeks of care.

Which treatment plan is right for you?

IntensiveExpanded
Rapid results & curve reductionGradual reduction of curve
Less time commitment to office treatmentMore time commitment to office treatment
Maintenance dependent on home exercises  AND coordination with a local chiropractor who will receive support from us on care planning.Maintenance split between office & home
Less travel time to and from officeMore travel time to and from office

Dr. Andrew Strauss BS, MS, DC

If you are considering treatment, have questions, or would like an information packet, contact our office!

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+1 (845) 624-0010