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Improved Structure of Children with Cerebral Palsy after Scotson Therapy Treatment

Bradford University Health Sciences Department has released a very encouraging first paper on The Scotson Technique showing that the muscular skeletal abnormalities of cerebral palsy and other brain injuries can improve - without walking aids, splints or muscle relaxants.

The Scotson Technique was developed at the charity Advance in East Grinstead by Advance's Clinical Director Linda Scotson over 10 years of PhD research.

Ms Scotson says that during neurological assault there are huge metabolic demands made by the cerebral metabolism that must be met by the as yet immature respiratory system and in particular the main muscle of respiration - the diaphragm.

Eventually, the diaphragm suffers fatigue and becomes weak and unresponsive to the metabolic needs of the developing child.
This disrupts sleep and the important developmental processes of sleep.
As the child gets bigger, extra height and weight add to the respiratory load so that the internal pressures generated by each breath taken are unable to hold out the frame normally.
This (1) deforms skeletal structure (2) causes constrictions in the micro circulation which reduce the connections between the muscles and the brain.

Fortunately, the brain injured child's breathing can be changed and this is the key to a steady restoration of more normal structure which always leads to better function.

A child with brain injury suffers many different problems which cannot easily be explained if you only look in the brain. A deep road block to recovery from the many symptoms of brain injury lies with the child's weak breathing; when breathing is improved the picture changes dramatically.

All the children using The Scotson Technique make the same steady progress. The reasons for the changes are logical and obvious to parents. The therapy consists of very gentle light exercise on the front and back of the child's trunk. Children just relax and enjoy it. Then just as in the normally developing baby, changes in the trunk produced by the increased pressures of the developing respiratory system allow increasingly normal posture and head, arm and leg movements to occur spontaneously. At the same time the child gradually develops clearer speech, better vision, better understanding and better digestion and elimination.

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