A Twist for Scoliosis

Everyone has scoliosis, a side curve of the spine, to some degree or another. Mostly this goes unnoticed, but for others, this can really be a pain in the back. When the curve is in the thoracic spine, the part associated with the chest, a yoga pose can be used to help bring natural back pain relief.

Spinal Curve Development
There isn’t much curve in the spine when we are born. Natural and abnormal curvature both develop as we grow. For example, when we start to walk gravity helps form the curve in the low back.

Most people go their whole life never knowing they have scoliosis. I have surprised a few though when I pointed out that they had a curve, especially when it conecided with an area of their back that always had a ‘knot’ or uncomfortable place.

I teach them how to put it back in using Self Adjusting Technique, and give them a spine straightening method such as the one below, and they are fine.

What Can Be Done
The first thing to do is make sure the vertebra are in alignment. This isn’t essential, but you may not be able to work deeply into the pose if it hurts. And, you don’t want to push past the pain. So, if it hurts either get an adjustment or get my e-book and you can adjust it yourself. This area is easy to self adjust.

When the scoliosis is in the thoracic spine, a simple twist can be used to push the spine back the other way. In the thoracic spine, the ribs connect to the spine. Twisting into the curve causes the ribs to push the spine back the way it came.

For example, if the spine is curved to the right, then the twist would be to the right. The twist naturally engages the ribcage which connects to the spine in that area to push the spine to the left. There are hundreds of good spinal twist, and most will work.

Try this Simple Twist
The description and photo are for a scoliosis to the right side, so if your scoliosis is to the left, then you would twist to the left.

Start sitting in a chair with a high back. Sit so the chair back is to your right side with your thigh brased against it. Use your hands on the chair back to help you into the twist. First, take a deep breath as you lengthen your spine. With the exhale pull yourself into the twist using the chair back to help.

Yoga for Scoliosis II

Continue to breath into the pose working deeper into it when each exhale. When you inhale, the lungs will fill pressing against the ribcage causing you to naturally unwind a little. Allow this to happen, you might even draw your torso almost fully forward. This allows you space to flow back into the twist.

Remember, you are trying to help the spine back the way it came. It isn’t necessary to force although you may find yourself naturally drawing deeply into the pose. Pay close attention to the sensations in your body. Get to know what is going on and you will learn what you need to do to help.

Pay close attention to pain. Pain is there to tell you that you have gone far enough, and to warn you not to overdo it.

Some stretches have a feel good kind of pain that might happen when doing a twist. That’s okay, as long as the pain isn’t such that you resist. Pushing through resistance is a good way to injure yourself.

It is good to do poses such as this twist on both sides. And, yoga classes will do twists on both sides. When twisting to the left side, avoid drawing deeply into the pose. Instead, work on lengthening the spine as you inhale and relaxing into a very gentle twist on the exhale. You might even work the pose to the right again.

Conclusion
Back care for scoliosis in the thoracic spine can be found with yoga poses. The key to good back health is consistency. All it takes is persistence in practicing the twist. Scoliosis can be helped with the use of yoga poses. In some cases the progression of scoliosis was stopped. In some, in time, there was a measurable reversal.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

3 comments… add one
  • Rosali Jun 18, 2012, 1:29 am

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