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Advance (TST) Cerebral Palsy Treatment Centre

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The Scotson Technique is a unique, predictable, deeply restorative rehabilitation therapy for children and young adults with cerebral palsy, brain injury or brain abnormality. The Technique develops the pattern of recovery by addressing deep core weaknesses within the micro-circulation of the respiratory system which affects structure, metabolism and motor and cognitive function.

The therapy is unlike any other therapy and is available only under the name 'The Scotson Technique'.

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What does it do?

The Scotson Technique first seeks to reveal and address the frequently ignored but complex weaknesses of the thoracic and abdominal respiratory muscles that are a hidden cause of structural and functional abnormalities and the broad range of symptoms associated with brain injuries.

By treating the respiratory system in close connection with other muscle groups, its aims are:

To improve blood supply, nutrition and nervous response to under-developed muscles and to the connective tissues between the bones.

To improve the electrical connection between the brain and the muscular skeletal system.

To reduce spinal compaction and improve blood supply to the nerve connections from the spine to the respiratory muscles and the internal organs.

To improve the body's general and cerebral metabolism.

To steadily create better and more normal structure which leads to more normal movement and understanding.

The Technique works with every child and results are maintained when the therapy is discontinued.

To help you find out more of how parents feel about The Scotson Technique, please phone Advance to be put in touch with our families who would be happy to answer your questions... Tel: +44 (0) 1342 311137

A progressively more normal development of the respiratory system producing progressive improvements in:

Physical structure.

Co-ordination, posture, balance and motor development up to walking.

Arm and hand movement & fine motor control.

Swallowing, digestion, elimination.

Speech mechanics, leading to increasingly clear speech.


A seizure-free cerebral metabolism.

Intelligence and understanding.

Behaviour and socialisation.

Emotional maturity.

General health and wellbeing.

Advance is a teaching Institute for parents - families attend together with their children. Parents become students learning all the essential practices to continue the restorative work with their children at home for an approximate 2 hours per day, 5 days a week.

Parents are taught specific exercise techniques which use gentle, rhythmical pressure to strengthen the weak tissue structures of the diaphragm and other respiratory muscles.

This approach imitates the range of changes in internal air pressures that come from normal breathing.

Tissue blood supply increases in weak muscles, allowing them to become electrically active and come increasingly under voluntary control.

What are the scientific principles beind The Scotson Technique?

The evidence from Ms Scotson’s PhD research argues that:

Respiratory development is fundamental to the development of structure, function and general and cerebral metabolism in normal children.

Breakdown or failure of the normal development of the respiratory system occurs after brain injury and in cases of neurological abnormality.

Apart from the most basic reflexive breathing, breathing is a learnt and widely varied behaviour.

Children with neurological abnormalities do not learn to breath normally and this affects the complex metabolic feedback systems between the body tissues, the respiratory system and the brain.

Respiratory muscle pressures during breathing develops and supports blood flow to trunkal and connective tissues between the bones.

The strentgh of the respiratory muscles creates increasingly strong pressures on the pre-capillary sphincter muscles. This increases capilliary bloodflow, strengthening muscle tissue and improving their electrical connection in the brain.

What can be treated?

A broad spectrum of disabilities caused by brain damage or brain abnormalities. For example:

Cerebral Palsy; Microcephaly; floppiness; development delay; learning disability; autism; vaccine damage; epilepsy; dyspraxia; head injury; stroke; scoliosis; neurological syndromes

We also treat Spinal Injury.


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