its creation in 1996 the charity dedicated itself to find a more
advanced form of scientific thinking that would lead to the reversal
of the structural and functional abnormalities of cerebral palsy
and other brain injuries.
unusually optimistic philosophy in the face of the negative approach
of medical science had developed steadily from its founder Linda
Scotson’s University College, London PhD work. This focused
on the respiratory weakness and poor respiratory response to
metabolic demand in brain injured children. It incorporated physiology
and the bio-mechanics of the micro circulation.
motivation developed from the brain injury of her son Doran born
in 1978. She spent long daily hours over the years applying the
best therapy regimes the world could offer and analysing their
theoretical basis and their limitations. During the 1980s she
wrote 2 best selling books and began her first research in collaboration
with the Institute of Child Health. As a result, Linda developed
a working friendship with Professor Patrick Wall Head of Cerebral
Studies at University College London. The Professor was impressed
by Linda’s innovative way of thinking and encouraged her
to undertake a qualifying year in the Psychology Department compressing
3 academic years into one and to follow this with a PhD.
therapeutic strategy began to form as Linda investigated breathing
in terms of the effects of internal pressure changes on the skeletal,
muscular and organ development within the thorax and abdomen
and showed that this was dependent on the movement of the diaphragm.
journey to establish respiration as the underlying generator
of human development took over 10 years. Linda’s aim was
to eliminate the treatment of symptoms and focus on causal factors.
Gradually it became clear that the wide spread of symptoms associated
with cerebral palsy were directly related to the children’s
weak and abnormal breathing. For example, poor breathing left
tissues too weak for the brain to make connections with them,
deformed the skeleton and prevented normal movement.
September 2002 the cause of the abnormal trunkal structure and
the weakness and abnormality in the upper respiratory muscles
could clearly be attributed to weaknesses in the diaphragm sustained
around the time of the brain injury. The approach introduced
persuasive evidence that the abnormalities of cerebral palsy
and other brain injuries improved as respiration improved. In
2005 Linda decided that to ensure the direction of the principals
were one of continued research as well as application she would
use her own name to define the therapy.
and their children come to the centre from all over the world
to be taught the gentle restorative exercises show encouragingly
consistent and predictable improvement as the therapy progresses
in every case.
2004 to meet international needs, Advance also set-up a now flourishing
clinic in South Africa.
2005, the French Government invited the charity to France to
begin treating a pilot group of children with The Scotson Technique
prior to a 2 year study which is hoped to commence in 2006.
England, Bradford University Physical Therapy Department is at
present undertaking a 3-year PhD study of the technique. When
the final results are published it is hoped that UK government
funding will become available for children receiving the technique
which is becoming widely known and respected throughout the world.