Scotson Technique provides a fundamental step by step improvement
in the muscular skeletal deformities of cerebral palsy and is
therefore the principal rehabilitation intervention of the Scotson
Advance parents become students in the practice and theoretical
background necessary to deliver a high quality restorative
exercise programme for their children.
and after birth and throughout infancy individual muscles and
co-ordinating groups of muscles are stimulated in stages by gentle
pressures from the external forces that surround them. This external
stimulation enhances blood flow to the muscles. Increased blood
flow creates an enhanced electrical current like a louder voice
that can be picked up by the brain. Only when the brain can identify
the muscle’s existence and whereabouts can a command signal
be sent from the brain and received by the muscle.
birth the internal pressures from the baby’s breathing
begins a lifelong process of muscle strengthening and the establishment
and maintenance of neurological connections between the brain
and the body’s tissues.
Scotson Technique begins by gradually restoring the weak underdeveloped
tissues of the diaphragm muscle. This initiates the restorative
development of the upper and lower respiratory muscles and the
connective tissues between the spinal vertebrae and the shoulder
and pelvic girdles which respond increasingly to signals from
the central nervous system.
the course of normal development, increasing respiratory strength
develops the muscular skeletal infrastructure of the infant’s
trunk, which in turn supports each stage of functional ability.
Scotson Technique seeks to recreate the essential stages of the
development of the child’s respiratory system and muscular
skeletal structure as it would normally occur over the first
year of life. This “recreation” changes the body
of a child or young person with cerebral palsy or other neurological
abnormality so that their spontaneous activity is gradually able
to become a positive drive towards normal development as it is
in healthy children.
the centre parents are taught the light, gentle, hand pressures
that will restore the integrity of the diaphragm to increasingly
meet the metabolic needs both of the growing muscles and internal
organs and of the developing brain.
help parents perform the exercises on their child, Scotson trained
therapists will also work on
the parents and parents will work on the therapists as well
as working with their children. In this way, when families return
home they have absolute confidence in their own abilities to
carry out the therapy. As the children improve, the therapy
allowing an increased enhancement of the children’s physical
structure and motor and cognitive abilities. Parents are encouraged
to keep good contact with the centre between visits and all questions
are answered so that the household fully understands the restorative
programme and what will be predicted next and why. Help is also
given on diet and lifestyle, which can be of considerable support
to the restorative process.