Treating Scoliosis at Carolina SET

Before making the decision as to whether surgery or wearing a brace is best for you, make sure that you are clear on what is supporting the scoliotic “S” curve pattern of the spine. The spine is made up of vertebrael bodies stacked on top of the base of the spine, called the sacrum. The sacrum is held in place with soft tissue of the ligaments, muscles and myofascia. The pelvic area is made up of the left and right hip bones, or illiums, with the sacrum in between them. In scoliosis conditions, the common trend is that the illium-sacrum relationship is not even while standing (weight-bearing support). How the sacrum sits between the pelvic bones is the key to alignment of the spine. If the sacrum is tipped or angled to one side, it intitiates the spine to angle off into an incorrect or postural dysfunctional state. Like a sailboat uses a rudder for direction, it pushes one way to go to the other way. Therefore, a shift in the sacrum occurs.
So why is the sacrum tipped to one side? 9 times out of 10, the illiums aren’t functioning in the same plane or are not balanced. One side (usually the left) is rotated forward and then the other side is rotated back. This creates the unstable pelvic condition while under weight-bearing stress. As a result, the sacrum is off-center and tipped which initiates a direction for the scoliotic compensation (the curvature) to begin. The bottom line is, not treating the pelvic area puts limits on relieving scoliosis conditions. Fortunately, this can all be improved or eliminated so that surgery and bracing can be avoided.
We can prevent scoliosis by catching it early in order to stop the accelerated degeneration of the vertebrae and stress on the discs. For those who already suffer with curvatures, they can be corrected or improved for a better quality of life. This lessens the chance for major pain symptoms and surgery later in life. Unfortunately, SET will not help those who have already undergone lengthy fusions from the thoracic region through to the lumbar region. In those cases, the weaknesses are now locked in position. However, if fusion surgery is absolutely neccessary, SET treatments are recommended to put the spine in a better balanced state for fusion.
What most physicians don’t know, only because they weren’t taught it, is that there is a relationship/link between the pelvis (sacrum and illiums) and the bones of the cranial vault (head). Where your head goes your body follows. Remember that saying? There are two bones, the sphenoid and occiput, that have a role in holding the illiums in opposite rotation and the sacrum tipped or not. When the wing of the sphenoid on the left side is tipped down, so is the left illium. And opposite on the right side.
The sphenoid and occiput create a juncture or joint called the SBS (spheno-basilar-synchondosis). This joint has soft tissue that can be released to improve the relationship of that juncture. When improved, so is the relationship between the sphenoid and illiums. They mirror each other. Now illiums can be in balance, or closer to balance, thus giving an opportunity for the sacrum to line up in order to give support to the lumbar that provides support for the thoracic and cervical regions. Thank you, Dr. Dallas Hancock and Don McCann, for discovering this and developing Structural Energetic Therapy (SET). Now you might be able to understand why other therapies that focus on the pelvic girdle itself don’t hold or have success.
What to Expect from SET
Like all other individuals coming in for acute and chronic pain rehabilitation, the first SET session begins with a medical intake form. Reviewing the form takes just a few minutes along with a brief question and answer session. Next, the SET therapist will conduct body reading. The client/patient will stand in a bathing suit or underwear so that the therapist can take note of how the body supports itself while under weight-bearing stress. From head to toe, structural imbalances will stand out and be pointed out for educational purposes.
Once the SET therapist understands the client’s current body structure, kinesiology testing will help to find weaknesses that can be corrected for a better structural alignment. The client will undergo soft tissue releases (Master Release) in the cranial vault to initiate the change in the illium/sacrum relationship. Then, the same kinesiology testing will be repeated in order to confirm the initiation of change and improvement.
The SET therapist will conduct more advanced soft tissue releases (unwinding, spreading, individual fiber strokes), focusing on the areas that support the once weakened body structure. Addressing these areas in proper sequence is important in order to allow proper change in each quadrant of the body. There will be times during treatment(s) when the client/patient will actively participate in the process of bringing the treated area into balance. After each session is complete, patients are asked to share any noticeable changes as they stand in a better state of support.
Upon completion of the initial treatment, most patients will begin to feel changes as soon as they stand up (become weight-bearing). Visible changes are also evident. The body will continue to unwind to a better state until it finds a point at which to stabilize. Then, traditional physical therapy core exercises can be applied to strengthen for support. Not everyone is the same and the time it takes to get to that state varies.
The client/patient may need appointments weekly, every 10 days, every 2 weeks, or monthly until stability is achieved. For some, treatments might continue about once a month for an extended period of time in order to maintain the unwinding process. For others, this is not necessary. Some will need more pelvic balancing treatments. Many will need thoracic area sessions. Others will need just one-sided treatments. This will all be determined as any pre-existing sub-patterns begin to appear during subsequent sessions. Typically, the younger the person, the quicker the response since muscles, tendons, and fascia that are held in a scoliotic pattern for a long period of time become hard and less supple. Communication is key during the treatment period. The goal is for the client to be pain-free for a better quality of life.
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Bring Greg Spindler to your area for treatments!
The cost is based on travel expenses to your area. You must meet a minimum 2-day work requirement of 5 patients per day (10 total at $110/treatment). Each session is approximately 90 minutes in duration. Treatments typically begin at 9am with the last session ending at 6pm, scheduling a lunch break in the middle around patients.
The hosting venue should have adequate work space to allow for a massage table (i.e. room of ~ 15ft. x 15ft.). It is the host’s (company, organization, group, or individual) responsibility to schedule patients and assume the responsibility of those who don’t show up or arrive without payment.
To all potential clients, you must know that Greg’s heart is in his work. When you receive a treatment from Greg, you know he has gone the extra mile to help you.
SET Therapy has given me back my freedom. Living with scoliosis since the age of 13, when I first recognized it, has been painful, discouraging and limiting. I have gone to chiropractors on a regular basis for the past 40 years to keep me mobile and to limit my pain. I have taken pain medication on a very limited basis. Only when the pain was excruciating.
I am 57 years of age going on 40. Two years ago, in 2003, I had saved up enough money to try a brace; $10,000.00. It was the Copes brace, and to make a long story short, it was the biggest disaster of my life. Not only did the brace not work and cost me a small fortune, it caused me extreme pain. The medical practitioner was a fraud. As soon as his facility had my money, their services and kindness stopped. In my frustration about the brace 8 months later, I went online and discovered a scoliosis forum and found SET Therapy and Greg Spindler.
Here comes the GOOD part!!! This SET treatment I had read about was in my own backyard, Tampa, FL. I immediately called Greg Spindler and scheduled an appointment. And here’s the BEST part!! After my first treatment I gained 1/2 inch in height, which I haven’t lost since. In fact, I have gained 1 inch since starting SET Therapy seven months ago. My pain has just about left my body, except for times that I am overtired and overworked. The degree of my upper thoracic curve was close to 50, but I haven’t had x-rays to determine the degree of correction. The increase in height of 1 inch speaks for itself, along with a relatively pain free lifestyle now. And, I haven’t seen a chiropractor since starting SET Therapy.
At first, I went once a week, then in a few weeks, every other week. That was difficult for me because the weekly appointments kept me safe. After I knew I was OK for two weeks, I went to three weeks. I am now at every 4 weeks, and comfortable with that. When I get to a point where the combination of a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a good diet make me stronger, I will extend the time between appointments. I told Greg that I did not want to be dependent upon his treatments to survive. My goal is to be able to live well with only 6 treatments a year. That would be every other month. I believe that is possible because of the extreme healing effects of SET Therapy.
I cannot say enough good things about this treatment. I feel like I have my life back. Thank you, Greg.

Before First After First Measurements 3/3/05
SET Treatment SET Treatment Before and After After Second SET
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– Jill C., Tampa, FL
Having a physical job, scoliosis has made life very difficult for me. Something had to change. I took a huge leap of faith and decided to fly all the way from California to receive SET treatments from Greg Spindler in Tampa, Florida. I stayed in town for one week, during which time I received a total of 3 treatments. Since my treatments, I have noticed a significant change in the rotation of my lumbar spine. I have also noticed that I have equal distance between my shoulder blades for the first time in about 10 years! I feel great and can’t wait to travel again for my next treatment!
– Sarafina G., Burbank, CA

As the owner of Carolina Structural Restoration Therapy, LLC, Greg helps many people who suffer with acute and chronic pain. Using advanced techniques involving soft-tissue releases, he treats back, head, neck and shoulder pain, as well as a host of other strain patterns.

"After having surgeries on my right knee, my left Achilles tendon, and my lower back between the ages of 30 and 35, I thought my future exercise would be very limited. However, after catching the fitness bug again in my late 30s, I hired Greg as both a therapist and coach. As a result, over the past 4 years, I have been able to remain healthy, train hard, and continue to achieve personal bests ..."

- Don C., Greenville, SC

Carolina Structural Restoration Therapy

(864) 877-3500
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