The efficiency or the Hanke Method in the correction of scoliosis in the light of selected radiological parameters

Tomasz Wolny, Edward Saulicz, Dagmara Molicka

Tomasz Wolny, Edward Saulicz, Dagmara Molicka – The efficiency or the Hanke Method in the correction of scoliosis in the light of selected radiological parameters. Fizjoterapia Polska 2002; 2(1); 35-39

Background. The Hanke Method, also known as „E-Technik” (Entiwicklungskinesjologischer Technik), is among the less wellknown methods used to treat neuromuscular disorders. Since the elements of methods with a strictly neurophysiological mechanism of action are rarely used in corrective procedures, and the possible efficiency of these elements is typically stated in purely descriptive form, the aim of this article is to trace the impact of the Hanke method on the changes in selected parameters of the radiological evaluation of malformation. Material and methods. The research involved a group of 17 children and youth aged 7-15 (x = 10,1 +/- 2,7) with clinical and radiological symptoms of scoliosis. With only one exception these were first-degree malformations. Before and after a 10-month period of rehabilitation enhanced by certain elements of the Hanke method, X-ray photographs were subjected to evaluation. The Cobb angles, the costovertebral angles, and the Harrington indexes were calculated. All the data collected in this way were statistically analyzed. Results. The reduction of the angular value of primary curvature, associated with the simultaneous leveling out of differences in the costovertebral angles on the concave and convex sides, was obtained in 11 cases (64,7% of the subjects). Only in one case was distinct progress of malformation noted (5o). Conclusions. The results obtained point to the considerable therapeutic value of the Hanke method. The possibility of direct control over reflex reactions, leading in effect to normalization (symmetrization) of muscle tension constitutes the hallmark effects obtained by the application of methods for stimulating by reflex the neurophysiological mechanisms for controlling body posture require further thorough research.

Key words:
E-Technik, neuromuscular disorders, muscle tone, Posture

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