A scoliosis “diagnosis” conjures up all sorts of feelings, concerns, and questions, especially when children are involved. So many of the treatments can sound ominous — different types of body braces which have their own restrictions, and surgeries to insert rods which can have complications such as bleeding, infection, pain or nerve damage. The cause of most scoliosis is unknown in the medical profession. Complications from scoliosis can include lung and heart damage and breathing difficulties with the distortion in the rib cage, back problems that become chronic, and the appearance of unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips and shifting of the trunk to one side. (Mayo Clinic). People with scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance so it can become a social stigma especially for young children.
Interesting fact – everyone is born with some degree of scoliosis already forming! There is a core distortion noticeable at birth that manifests in an anterior/posterior rotation of the iliums (hip bones) and a tipping of the sacrum at the base of the spine. Since the spine does not have a level base minimal curvatures start developing at a very early age. As we go through life experiences, accidents, trauma, lack of exercise, etc., these curvature become exaggerated resulting in stress points throughout the spine causing herniated, bulging and sometimes ruptured discs, and painful symptoms as nerves become pinched. Often pain doesn’t appear until the structure falls into a collapse of this core distortion. When this is found in children during regular school screenings, a great deal of concern immediately escalates with the explanation that it will only become worse with the possibility of causing many challenges unless something is done now.
There IS an answer! Non-invasive techniques of the Cranial/Structural releases of Structural Energetic Therapy® release this core distortion from the cranium and body bringing the structure into weight bearing support and moving it into balance. Releasing the rotation in the iliums and stabilizing the relationship between the iliums and sacrum (at the base of the spine) brings a level base for the spine allowing it to begin to normalize reducing the abnormal curvatures of scoliosis — long term! Then, integrating specialized soft tissue protocols to release the soft tissue restrictions throughout the body that have been holding the body in this distortion will allow the spinal curvatures to normalize even more. These techniques have been proven to bring the body into maximum balance and weight bearing support, especially for the spine. Children often respond quickly to these treatments, and when they have growth spurts which tend to destabilize the spine, these techniques can help them maintain the improvements and allow the spine to continue to straighten rather than fall further into exaggerated curvatures. Clients with osteoporosis also respond well to these techniques! For more information, please see the 2-part series of articles on scoliosis on our website. Click here for the first one, then you can either click here for the second, or just locate it from the publications page of the website.