Anatomical Measuring Instrument (AMI)

Physios Krissi and Nick measuring scoliosis during the children's physio session
Physios Krissi and Nick measuring scoliosis during the children’s physio session

Many of our clients have scoliosis and other body asymmetries that interfere with function, play and quality of life. At BBP, we were tired of hearing professionals telling us to ‘monitor it’, ‘wait and see’, and ‘they’ll have surgery when they’re older’. We started to see patterns of body asymmetry in our younger clients and began to figure out that scoliosis is highly predictable, based on the position of lower limbs, ribs, shoulders and neck. And therefore, it must be stopped in its tracks! We researched articles from professors such as Meir Lotan, and we realised that people around the world have been successfully treating scoliosis with techniques  different to the standard use of a rigid spinal brace. At BBP, we implement a range of active techniques to target the asymmetrical weakness and tightness that results from scoliosis. After discovering the Anatomical Measuring Instrument, or AMI, we can now use a number value to show a child’s overall body asymmetry, measuring the hips and pelvis, trunk and spine, and ribs and chest. This tool enables us to assess asymmetry far before it becomes scoliosis, and implement effective and evidence-based treatment strategies, measuring their success and altering them over time, if needed.

Scoliosis is much more than a lateral (sideways) spine curve revealed by an x-ray. X-rays are 2D assessment tools and scoliosis is a 3D issue. By the time the lateral curve shows up on an x-ray, it’s often too late to treat with non-surgical measures.