I’ve had trouble with my scoliosis since childhood, and have spent many thousands of dollars throughout my adulthood trying to get some help. After being hurt four times by chiropractors, I learned to fear and avoid them. I found physical therapy somewhat helpful, but I felt I was treading water by strengthening some muscles, but often creating additional problems.
It wasn’t until I saw Beatriz Torres that I got some truly transformational knowledge about my scoliosis, and she helped me to put that knowledge into action with exercises that are tailored specifically to my body. Now that I have an effective daily exercise routine, and the only time I’m bothered by my scoliosis is when I skip the exercises (it didn’t take me long to learn not to do that!).
It’s amazing how your confidence builds when you finally feel in control of your posture and daily movement. Beatriz is a great communicator and teacher – I call her my Guru. Because of her, I’ve learned to be very objective about my body, and am absolutely sure that I can gradually improve it so that I can enjoy the next few decades of my life without being disabled in my old age.
If I’d been told I could really understand and control my scoliosis before I saw Beatriz, I never would have believed it was possible! If you think you have to just settle for what nature gave you, see Beatriz first – it’s never too late!
~ Bee H., age 67
Hi Ms. Torres,
It has been a year since I had my sessions with you. I have been doing the exercises and stretches that we worked on, as well as incorporating all the carriage, posture, ergonomic and lifestyle adjustments that we noted and implemented. From then to now I have had no lower back pain or nerve pain at all.
Thank you and God bless you.
Following the discovery of our daughter’s scoliosis we were fortunate enough to come into contact with Beatriz Torres. After consulting with various orthopedic surgeons, we were told that our daughter was on the borderline of needing surgery and that time was on our side until the curves increased. We took the opportunity to explore a conservative approach to treating scoliosis. Surgery is always an option but also an option with the greatest risk. The next step was finding a health professional that understood scoliosis and how to treat it conservatively.
Beatriz is that rare commodity that has a deep understanding of biomechanics and is trained in the Schroth method, a method of physical therapy devoted solely to the treatment of scoliosis. Beatriz is an incredible physiotherapist. She not only treats the patient but teaches the patient (and parents) how to develop a lifelong regimen specifically designed to treat and cope with the effects of scoliosis.
Thanks to Beatriz, our daughter is now able to understand how different physical activities affect her spine and what she needs to do to try to mitigate the increase of the curve(s). My daughter continues her passions of swimming and cycling without any negative repercussions.
Thank you, Beatriz!
Chris and Jackie San Diego, CA
I wanted to write about my experiences with scoliosis and working with Beatriz Torres because I want more people to know that they can find help.
As a teen I was treated for idiopathic scoliosis with a Milwaukee brace which I wore for close to two years. I did not receive any other treatment or recommendations after that, and the brace did not completely correct my scoliosis.
I had relatively minor back problems through my twenties and thirties, although I frequently had fatigue, tight muscles and lower back pain. I always had image and confidence issues and compensated by dressing and moving so my scoliosis was less noticeable.
Most of my pain and tension increased through my forties, and I became aware that my scoliosis was getting worse, especially rotations of my hips and ribcage. When I sought out help doctors repeatedly told me that scoliosis did not progress, and nothing could be done for me anyway, short of surgery. They advised me to just stay active and fit- hard to do when moving is increasingly painful!
I did get some help from Chiropractors and physical therapists who helped keep my spine moving as much as possible, but I found that I would often get injured trying to do standard p.t. back exercises and stretches. Intuitively I knew that I could influence my spinal curves through moving certain ways, worse or better depending on my stance, position, and strength, and kept looking for an approach that took scoliosis into account.
On a random internet search for answers I came across Beatriz Torres' web site describing the Schroth techniques and her knowledge in using them in her physical therapy practice. I was impressed by her experience both as a practitioner and as a patient using the techniques for her own scoliosis. In August 2008 I met with Beatriz and began a two week long Schroth therapy program, meeting daily, and have continued working with her once every few weeks since then.
With Beatriz I am learning movements to counteract the muscle imbalances from my curves and rotations, and to open a powerful network of change using the "derotating" movements, breathing and guided imagery. As it is explained, the goal is to stretch what is tight, strengthen what is weak, lengthen what is shortened, overall striving to rebalance areas of the body and to relearn and hold a corrected posture. Beatriz achieves this through her expert guidance, accuracy and her highly developed powers of observation.
I first noticed changes in the way I looked; I lost my shoulder "wings", and my ribs did not stick out as much in the back. I feel more upright, and certainly stronger than I have in at least 15 years. I continue to notice subtle improvements as I am able to do more stretches and exercises. Meant to be applied at home, the techniques use many simple tools like exercise bands and corrective pillows. Beatriz has shown me how to adapt gym exercises and other p.t. techniques to the Schroth form which helps me the most.
Having the professional guidance of Beatriz Torres has allowed me to understand where my body needs to be, to reeducate myself physically in all aspects of living - standing, sitting, walking, even sleeping. Beatriz and the Schroth therapy teach the importance not only of building strength but the need for elongating and decompressing the spine.
I would recommend Beatriz Torres and her knowledge of Schroth techniques to anyone young or old who wants to improve their scoliosis and their lives. For me at 53, Beatriz' therapy does not promise a cure, but a way of coping, of managing life with scoliosis, a way to self- help. The experience has restored a lot of my confidence and has made me realize that I need to continue this commitment for the rest of my life, which is a lot better than just waiting to get worse!
I give permission to Beatriz Torres to use this letter in any form for her research or presentations.
Lisa J. Kurasch
I originally received Beatriz Torres's name from Mrs. Christa Lehnert-Schroth as a contact person for the Schroth Method in the US. After contacting her for some information about this method, Beatriz has been extremely helpful and gracious in offering her support and advice to me on a regular bases. She has increasingly helped me to integrate aspects of the Schroth method into the treatment of my scoliosis patients. She has also offered valuable educational information about this approach and has guided me through this process with great insight and patience. In summary, her support and mentorship has greatly refined my ability to examine and guide my clients as well as improve the outcome of my treatment sessions.
Beatriz is clearly a highly knowledgeable and passionate therapist as well as an inspiring teacher and advocate.
A statement received from a patient:
I am a fifteen year old girl with scoliosis. For two years now I have worn a SpineCor for my 33-degree lumbar and 42-degree thoracic curves. Besides wearing a brace, I've tried yoga, dance, Pilates and physical therapy exercises, all which make my back feel good, but they leave no lasting result. About a month ago, I began learning about and practicing the Schroth Method . Even in this short period of time, my body has begun to show positive changes. My spine feels more stretched and elongated, which is what I believe caused me to grow a quarter of and inch in height. The vertebrae at the base of my neck that used to protrude are improving and moving into alignment with the rest of my spine. Also, the concave, weak areas in my back are growing stronger, allowing the convex, over-worked areas to relax a little. This has allowed my shoulder blade that used to stick or wing out to lie flatter against my ribs. So far, my back is nowhere near perfect, but I feel that by continuing with this technique I will be able to get further improvements.
I like the Schroth Method because it makes intuitive sense to me and it makes me feel like I have some control over my scoliosis.
Thank you for imparting the gift of the Schroth to us; it has already made a life-altering difference to our lives, most especially because of the wonderful time we spend with you! Kirsti is delighted and thankful to have a methodology where she herself can take charge of her body and its growth, and I am immensely thankful for not only the wise training you shared with us but also your wisdom on so many other fronts!
We feel nurtured, refreshed, recharged and revitalized.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dede - Mother
Dear Bea, I was very fortunate that my daughter, Miranda introduced me to you. I feel that the Schroth method will - at the very least - keep me from getting worse, and - at my very best - help me make permanent changes in my posture. I have been quite successful in sleeping on the left side and have found a pillow which seems to work well with the night pain that I have in my left hip area. I have been doing the exercises with the poles. The most important thing I think is that I've become very aware of my posture and correct it as often as I can during the day. Both my massage therapist and my internist are very interested in the Schroth method, so I will print out some materials from the internet for them.
My internist said she was very glad that I had found you!
Missy (71 years old )
As a male scoliotic looking for relief in my 50s, current standard medical conventions offered me no hope. Chiropractors had modest, short-term success with my back pain, but I could tell they didn't understand how to treat my problem, which came roaring back after a move (lifting heavy boxes). A prominent M.D. orthopedist said, "There's nothing we can do," when she saw my X-rays.
But Beatriz Torres did an examination of my body and prescribed a couple simple exercises that solved my primary pain problem permanently, as long as I conscientiously do the exercises. She later solved a secondary pain problem by analyzing and modifying my un-ergonomic work environment. The Schroth physical therapy method seems to be the most successful noninvasive treatment for scoliosis, and Beatriz Torres clearly understands how to administer it effectively.