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New suit appears to de-twist spines affected by scoliosis

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Clare Sabelhaus, who was diagnosed with scoliosis at 16, has seen improvements using the new suit. Clare Sabelhaus, who was diagnosed with scoliosis at 16, has seen improvements using the new suit.
Maryann Bowling, seen wearing the body suit, has also seen improvements. Maryann Bowling, seen wearing the body suit, has also seen improvements.
(WJBK) -

Can a curved spine be coaxed to straighten up? A special suit seems to be getting the job done.
 
From her head to her toes, 62-year-old Maryann Bowling sports the scoliosis activity suit. The weighted straps provide tension, and a vibrating plate triggers muscle movement. The suit may look comical, but this has been a serious game changer for the woman who almost resorted to surgery to get rid of her pain.

"I started treatment and within six weeks the pain in my legs was a lot, lot better," she says. Maryann's scoliosis was diagnosed in her 30s.

Scoliosis affects about three percent of the population, and while the problem starts in the back the pain can travel everywhere.
 
"[With scoliosis,] there's not only a curve but we have rotation of the curve, and this can cause breathing issues, heart issues, and causes stress on the nervous system," says Dr. Art Niederkohr, a doctor of chiropractic in New Baltimore at the Anchor Bay Spine Center. He is one of the few using the scoliosis suit as treatment.

Sixteen-year-old Clare Sabelhaus was diagnosed during a routine physical two years ago. The scoliosis suit has straightened out her curve.

Typically, treating scoliosis involves a brace that just prevents the curve from getting worse.

"With a brace, what it does it pushes the outside of curve. With the suit it actually pushes into the curve and actually makes the body fight back through its postural reflexes, so the spine actually naturally unwinds," Dr. Niederkohr explains.

Depending on the severity of the scoliosis, patients will wear the suit several times a week for as long as it takes. The cost is about $1,000.

This suit is new so studies have not been published on its effectiveness yet, but Dr. Niederkohr has seen tremendous results in his office.

LINK: Click here for more information on treating scoliosis

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