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Watertown chronic pain center looking for scoliosis pilot study participants

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 2, 2012 12:55 PM

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The Somatic Movement Center in Watertown has launched a pilot study to research the effectiveness of clinical somatic education for scoliosis, and is looking for participants with scoliosis.

Clinical somatic education is a neuromuscular re-education technique that releases chronic, involuntary muscle contraction that can pull the spine out of alignment, according to the center.

Participants in the pilot study will receive a minimum of four hands-on sessions 60 to 90 minutes in length, one session per week, at the center. They will also be asked to do gentle self-care exercises for about 20 minutes every day at home.

Participants must be diagnosed with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis and have at least a 20 degree curvature. There will be an in-person assessment with each participant to determine if they are a good candidate for the study. Participants must not have done any clinical somatic education in the past.

To learn more about how clinical somatic education works, visit the center's website.

The center, which was established in 2010, provides hands-on clinical sessions, workshops, and a professional training program.

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