Scoliosis Pilot Study

*January 4th, 2013: We are not currently accepting any new participants into this study.

We are currently conducting a pilot study to research the efficacy of Clinical Somatic Education for scoliosis.

Types of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a lateral (toward the side) curvature in the normally straight vertical line of the spine. Scoliosis cases are typically classified into the following categories:

  • Congenital scoliosis: Caused by abnormal spinal development, and is present at birth.
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: Caused by a neurological or muscular disease, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy.
  • Degenerative scoliosis: This may result from trauma (such as injury or illness), previous major back surgery, osteoporosis, or general wear and tear.
  • Idiopathic scoliosis: This is the most common type of scoliosis, and has no specific proven cause.

What is Clinical Somatic Education?

Clinical Somatic Education is a very safe, gentle neuromuscular re-education technique which releases involuntary, chronic muscle contraction that can pull the spine out of alignment. Click here to learn more about how Clinical Somatic Education works.

Pilot Study

We are looking for volunteers with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis to participate in the pilot study and receive free Clinical Somatic Education sessions.

Participants in the pilot study will receive a minimum of four hands-on sessions (60-90 minutes in length), one session per week, at our office in Watertown, MA. They will also be asked to do gentle self-care exercises for about 20 minutes every day at home.


Participants must be diagnosed with idiopathic or degenerative  scoliosis and have at least a 20 degree curvature. We will conduct an in-person assessment with each participant to determine if they are a good candidate for the study. Participants must not have done any Clinical Somatic Education in the past.

If you are interested in participating in the study or learning more, please email Sarah Warren at