Scoliosis and Backcare


17158909_10155163866064073_466290346013861868_oI work with the following back concerns:

  • Generalized back pain (from poor posture, tight muscles, etc.)
  • Hyper-kyphosis (an exaggerated forward rounding of the upper back)
  • Hyper-lordosis (an exaggerated curve in the cervical or lumbar spine)
  • Herniated discs
  • Spondylolisthesis (one or more vertebrae “slip” out of the vertebral column)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Scoliosis (one of my passions since I personally have scoliosis)

More on Scoliosis:

Mandy xray and photos of back compScoliosis is relatively complicated in terms of physical alignment. For each curve, there is a corresponding concavity. The spine also rotates. And if the curve is in the thoracic spine, the ribs rotate and spread on the curve side while compressing on the concave side. The greater number of lateral curves in the spine, the more complicated this gets. If you do not correct for these asymmetries while doing yoga/pilates/working out, you continue to strengthen the scoliotic pattern. When we have asymmetries, we must work asymmetrically. This means that we don’t do yoga with traditional alignment, and for most two-sided poses, we do them differently on the left and the right.

Practicing yoga with scoliosis can be confusing and overwhelming, and can leave you prone to injury. But with careful attention to alignment, and greater awareness of your postural habits, you can learn to practice safely. i can help with step by step instruction, and hands on adjustments that help you to address your pain, asymmetries, and imbalances.

My own journey down this path has been remarkable. I went from having a 77 degree curve and extremely intense back spasms several times a day to having a 63 degree curve and living pain free in a matter of months.

There is no magic pill…

Whether you are concerned about general backcare or scoliosis, the commitment to a yoga practice that is designed specifically for you will enable you to find greater balance, symmetry and ease. But, you do need to be committed. I can give you the tools, but unless you regularly practice them, you will see no change.

Contact me with  specific details about your individual spinal situation to learn more: