The FITS method was developed in 2004 by Marianna Białek, M.D., and Andrew M'hango, M.D., M.Sc. The method was developed for children with scoliosis, Scheuermann's disease and postural defects.
Based on years of experience and numerous studies and discussions among scientists: orthopedic physicians, biomechanists, physiotherapists and psychologists, the FITS Method is constantly being developed and presented at numerous scientific conferences both in Poland and abroad.
Working according to the FITS concept involves three stages:
- Stage 1- clinical examination according to the FITS Method;
- Stage 2- Prepare musculo-fascial structures that restrict corrective movement by using various muscle energization techniques;
- Stage 3- building new corrective postural patterns in functional positions and stabilizing them, learning corrective tension.
The clinical trial evaluates:
- Alignment of the spine in all planes
- Shoulder blade alignment, shoulder line, head and neck alignment
- Pelvic alignment
- Knee positioning
- Load points and foot placement
The examination also includes an assessment of the functional length of individual muscle groups, as well as a biomechanical analysis of the musculoskeletal system.
Based on the result of the clinical examination according to the FITS method, curvature parameters and dysfunctions accompanying scoliosis, general and specific goals are set and an individual exercise program is adjusted.
Therapy with children is based on performing asymmetrical exercises, muscle energization techniques, fascial techniques, trigger point therapy, neuromobilization, cranio-sacral therapy, joint mobilization of the spine and limbs, and specialized strength training using closed chains.
Important elements of the FITS method include educating the patient, making him aware of the basic aspects of scoliosis, and learning how to correct and perform the exercises correctly at home. The child and parent are trained to perform the exercises so that the therapy can also be continued at home.