Charleston Bending Brace
The Charleston Bending Brace is designed to be worn only at night while sleeping. Night-time bracing is advantageous because it allows the patient to continue with all normal day-time activities such as sports, dance, play, beach, water activities, etc. The Charleston Bending Brace® introduces bending forces at certain specific locations on the spine. The vertebral bone in the spinal column can then be manipulated into a specific directional growth pattern as the skeleton progresses toward maturity. After years of such "bracing" the tree eventually develops into straight line on its own. Similarly, the Charleston bending brace is designed to create a mirror image of the spinal curve(s) of the scoliotic patient. The brace may, work to "unbend" a patient's left curve by creating a right curve. Spinal flexibility contributes to the success of a bracing treatment.
Studies indicate that children and adolescents grow in response to the levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in their bodies. The same studies indicate that HGH levels peak at night. We can conclude, therefore, that most growth occurs during sleep. The Bending Brace works on the principle that if the spine can be bent during the time of growth the direction of the spinal curve can be successfully changed as well during the peak time of growth while sleeping.