Please realize that we are not medical experts nor
medically trained. Therefore, we cannot render a medical
opinion, or make medical claims regarding our corsets.
However, we can speak from common sense,
common knowledge, general research, consultations with our
medical experts and doctors,
and our personal experience. We can let our clients tell their own stories
about relief they have experienced from various
health conditions and challenges, both permanent and
1.Q. I have scoliosis with a severe degree spine curvature.
Will a corset help me?
A. Possibly so both visually and physically.
bracing with a medical corset quite similar to a modern-day
custom corset, used to be the medical treatment of
choice for scoliosis, not surgery.
Those with serious scoliosis often seek remedy through
surgery, principally because we live in a want-it-now
society without patience to wear a corset brace for the
long hours and years it may take to make significant change in a
However, you may be amazed to learn how a corset employing
our special approach stays centered and vertical on your body,
visually straightens your posture, and can relieve back pain
from the condition.
Pictured right and below is Carol, a client we had the pleasure to meet
and work with in winter
2014. She had been diagnosed with a severe 47 degree
bend in her spine. The picture
shows on the left, a "try-on" S-Curve overbust style
corset "before," and then on the right, an
"after" of the client's personal S-Curve overbust corset with
a sweetheart bodice shape. We
employed our new technique (adding a thin foam "pillow"
in the depressed side of her spine at the waist)
in the client's corset in order
to keep the busk vertical when she wears her corset. After some
wear, Carol didn't feel she needed that technique at all.
We were amazed to note the clear correction of her corset which
appears to be
the same as if our client had no scoliosis!
The light-weight cincher our client purchased to wear
while awaiting her S-Curve,
showed definite improvement after our technique
application, however the correction was not as expert for
this light-weight cinch. Therefore, we would not
recommend this light weight corset to improve severe
scoliosis, although it immediately reduced if not disappeared
our client's back pain she reported!
"Thank you for working so hard for me.
I really feel like you care. My cincher is pretty
amazing. I've worn it every day since I left you.
Showing property, walking around, sitting
at the computer. My back has not been very sore
(as normal), even when I take off the cincher.
This is so far so good. I see in my future lots of
different corset colors in my wardrobe! Thank you
very much for everything!
After the client had some time to season her new overbust
beige-and-ivory S-Curve style, here is what she wrote us:
I'm practically pain free using my
overbust corset. I'm wearing it everyday.
Sometimes I don't put it on right away in the morning
and I can go most of the day before I start to feel my
back. This beats a built in rod and pins inside my body
any day! Thank you and the girls sooooo much for giving
me back my life! I hope to start to do some exercises
to build up my strength in my upper arms and legs soon.
I need to work it into my schedule and then I'll be
good to go!"
And in early April, 2015 she wrote:
"My back is so good (with my S curve by Jill
an overbust Victorian by Sheri) that I can leap
tall buildings in a single bound! Lift things, do
things, want to get up and not just lay in bed or couch
to curb the pain. I haven't slept in
it yet but if I don't get right up, shower and get
dressed, I really feel the pain creeping back. But
seriously, I haven't had a pain pill since I started
wearing your custom corsets. I'm so glad I met you.
You've helped me get my life back!" Carol (4/7/15)
We were pleased on April 26, 2015 to receive the below email
from another client L.W. who ordered a corset to deal
with scoliosis not quite as severe as the above lady had,
"I am finally responding to your lost note asking
about how the corset has been helpful. My husband
and I both think Sharon's corset is very beautiful
and we like the effect of the corset on my shape.
I tend to wear it only about once or twice a week when
we are home in the afternoon and evening or going out
to special places...For hiking, cleaning
house or cutting the lawn, I throw on a velcro corset
from the pharmacy. Both corsets will help me hold my
body up straight and relieve strain on my tired back
muscles. I am doing core strengthening exercises
(without corset, of course) but a corset does take
away pain that accumulates by the afternoons...Basically, the pretty
corset is doing what Woody had hoped for when he
contacted you: making my back brace therapy a time
of beauty. Thanks again to you and Sharon.
I'll get a photo taken at some point and send it to
2.Q. Do you pattern each side of the corset according
to different measurements?
A. Generally, no.
That might seem like a strange answer to some, but consider the follwing.
Our first corsetiere Ruth Johnson, rarely if ever patterned
the two sides of her corsets using different measurements. The reason?
When you pattern differently, the corset may tend visually to
exaggerate the differences and do nothing much to encourage
upright posture! Note Carol's experience above and she had
a 47 degree curvature! She accommodated the dip in one side
of her torso where the spine went inward, by adding the
tiny thin pillow we mentioned above! After some wear, she
never bothered to wear it, in any of her corsets (she ordered
an underbust as well).
Nor does Sheri recommend patterning differently, for the
same reason as mentioned! Thus, at this time we do not
offer that feature in custom corsetry, and urge that the
best way to test out what you believe you need, might be
to go thru the muslin, or test fit of a cotton muslin corset
made to your initial measurements. This allows you to adjust
the pattern you choose (even on both sides, or different) for
the best overall fit and comfort.
We cannot guarantee complete perfection in this (or any other) custom
made corset, but expect that with a good set of measurements,
especially if you can come to meet Sheri in Oakland for taking
measurements and/or a muslin fitting, you will achieve a very
durable, comfortable and comforting custom garment you will
be able to wear for many years (with proper wear and care).