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Scoliosis

Karyl Taylor, LMP MA60475800 Dec 4, 2015

What is scoliosis? We’ve all heard about it since elementary school and most of us have been tested for it. How many of us actually know about scoliosis? Contrary to what it is believed to be, scoliosis is not a disease but a term used to describe any abnormal lateral (or sideways) curve of the spine. The curve presents in either the thoracic (mid‐back) or lumbar (lower back) region of the spine. There are two basic curvatures in a scoliosis, a C curve (just mid‐back) or an S curve (both mid and lower back). The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic means a condition or disease with no known cause. This type of scoliosis is most typically seen in children 10‐18 years old and tends to effect girls more than boys.

When any scoliotic curve is 20 degrees or less it is considered mild and will require observation to make sure the curve doesn’t get any worse. Further treatment is rarely needed. Curvatures greater than 20 degrees may require non‐surgical or surgical intervention. Most treatments for scoliosis vary from a back brace to stop the curve from progressing to complete spinal surgery, placing metal rods along sides of the spine.

Symptoms that can occur with scoliosis are:

  •   A difference in shoulder height

  •   Uneven shoulders, one shoulder blade can stick out

  •   Uneven hips

  •   Head not centered

  •   Spine curves to the side

  •   When standing straight arms hang differently

  •   When bending forward sides of back appear uneven

  •   Tired feeling in spine when sitting/standing for long periods of time

  •   Back aches and lower back pain

    How can massage help? Well, massage has many benefits, including increased circulation, pain relief and can help improve sleep. A study conducted by the Katharina Schroth Hospital was done to find out the impact of massage on scoliosis patients. 813 out of 1000 immediately started showing improvements in certain aspects of their physical health such as, improved sleep and a decrease in overall pain. It improved mental health as well, such as an elevation in mood! Since there is no cure for scoliosis pain management, such as a massage, is a wonderful alternative to pain medication. Massage has time and time again, been proven to be a very effective form of pain management. Yet another reason why Elements can help provide the best massage, hands down! 

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