Scoliosis is a curvature to the spine. I’ve recently discovered that I have a mild case of it & I’m dealing with the beginning stages of what could be life long pain due from it, but have found ways to prevent that.
I worked in a restaurant over the course of fifteen years that used large trays to distribute food. There would be round plates with stainless lids that had stacking capabilities. I could carry a tray with eight plates, four plates stacked on top of each other, side by side. I would guess the weight of this tray was 15 to 20 lbs. easy. I was right handed, so I would carry the tray over my left shoulder. I was a big show off & always up for the challenge, I worked hard & loved the attention from everyone about how much I could carry. This is what came of it…
I found this out in the beginning of 2014. I had a snowboarding accident & fractured my lower lumbar region. When I went to the orthopedist for the extent of the fracture & saw these, all concern for my fracture went away & I started to worry about this small curvature. My mother had scoliosis & based on what my orthopedist says, I’ve genetically inherited it. I’ve been a rather physical person all of my life, I was a tom boy, always getting banged up, in & out of the hospital with broken arms, nose & getting stitches. I was the little girl my mom wanted after having two boys, only to learn I was worse than them. I grew up skiing & snowboarding with several injuries there as well. I’ve been in car accidents. Let’s just say, I’ve taken a fair toll to my body & now I’m beginning to feel the repercussions from it, almost hitting 40 years old.
Pictured above is my spine on the right with a normal spine on the left. ^
My main concern is my lower spine. I’ve been dealing with abnormal pain in my hips & lower back. Reading more about scoliosis, I’ve learned that many people suffer from a great deal of pain. Anna Wilson, PhD, a psychologist at the Pediatric Pain Management Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, warns that when people are in pain, they have higher rates of depression & anxiety. Studies also suggest that parents with chronic pain have kids who suffer from aches themselves & are more likely to develop behavioral issues.
I’ve just started to consider to incorporate yoga into my exercise regimen as well as swimming to help prevent my spine from gaining more curvature. I’m 5’10” with very long legs & a short torso. I’m not very flexible & I’m self conscience of this. I look forward to making this a big goal of mine to overcome.
I do try to get to my chiropractor regularly. I fully believe that correcting subluxations regularly helps the signals from my brain travel properly into my nervous system & into the rest of my body. It is a non negotiable practice for me. Especially with scoliosis & being on my feet all the time for work.
For those who suffer from much more curvature & pain, I highly recommend looking into The Schroth Method. It is a form of physical therapy discovered in Europe for scoliosis tailored to each persons spinal curvature.
“The technique’s muscle activation & specific breathing exercises help elongate & stabilize the spine & de-rotate the curves,” explains Hagit-Berdishevsky, DPT, a Schroth & BSPTS scoliosis therapist & teacher trainer at ColumbiaDoctors, affiliated with New York Presbyterian in New York City. Studies show that it can halt curve progression, improve lung function & posture as well as reduce aches.
I see a lot of people who suffer from chronic back pain & it frustrates me to know that there are better solutions aside from pain management through drugs. Everything from your diet, rich in anti inflammatory foods, to physical therapy as mentioned above. One big contribution is to swim. As my orthopedist explains, your spine is elongated while swimming, there is no weight associated to it as your in the pool, floating. It’s highly suggested to me as I’m in the early stages of it. I’ve researched my local public pool & luckily it’s a practically brand new facility that I look forward to using soon.
Do you suffer from back pain? Have you found out what causes it? Are you on the right path to future pain prevention without drugs? These are all things to take notice of, especially if your in my age group. Don’t let it get in the way of your future. Get good insurance, take good care of your body. It’s the only one you’ll get.