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How Yoga May Promote Healing From Scoliosis


When we find out that we are afflicted with a certain musculoskeletal condition, the first thing we want to do is find out how to treat it. We get the diagnosis and we are overcome by fear and despair. We want to immediately do everything in our power to determine the best solution to the problem and immediately begin forming a treatment plan in order to come out on the other side. Chiropractic care can be one part of this overall solution, but there are a lot of other things that can be done.

Scoliosis is a common condition that results in severely deteriorated quality of life. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by drastic curvature in the spine. It usually occurs in children, but it is not specifically relegated to this population. Experiencing scoliosis can even be life threatening in some cases, when the spine incurs such malformation that it effects the functioning of major organs and other body systems.

Those who have scoliosis have a variety of options to turn to in order to right their musculoskeletal ship and prevent the condition from worsening. Yoga is a primary solution that can not only help improve musculoskeletal health outcomes and decrease the impact of scoliosis, but can improve overall health and wellness over the long term.

There are specific poses within yoga that are specifically tailored to correcting spinal alignment and encouraging musculoskeletal health. One, called the child’s pose, involves sitting on your knees and stretching your torso out in front, with the arms over your head and stretching. As you remain in child’s pose, you are encouraged to walk your hands forward and deepen the stretch. This helps loosen up the lat muscles and the shoulders so that spinal alignment is encouraged.

There are a variety of other poses that can be incorporated within yoga. Some yoga studios even offer classes that focus on certain conditions and improvements in musculoskeletal health, with spinal alignment being one of them. If you are suffering from scoliosis and are finding that you are running out of options, yoga can be exactly what you are looking for. Before beginning, make sure to consult with both your chiropractor and general physician in order to determine if it's okay to start a new exercise regiment. Even if it is simple stretches and poses, all activity should be discussed in order to keep the body healthy.

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