Are you confused about your scoliosis? You aren’t alone. Most doctors don’t understand what causes it or know much about it, either.
In fact, they often say it is idiopathic. That means ‘no known cause.’
Well, maybe. Sometimes.
Here are some thoughts:
1. Everything has a cause. It just requires digging to find the root of the problem.
2. Pain medicines will not help you get rid of the curvature in your spine.
3. If you do not get rid of the original causes of your scoliosis your curves will continue to worsen over time because of gravity.
4. Some people have scoliosis because of a imbalance in the structure of the pelvic bones, leg bones or spine bones. If you are diagnosed with an S-curve, I’m betting it starts in the structure of your lower body. Or, if your spine has a bone that is a triangle instead of a rectangle, this can cause a tilt.
5. Look at your feet when you are standing as straight and upright as you can. Do you have an arch in each foot? Or is one flat? One flat foot will cause scoliosis.
6. Look in the mirror. Do you wear bluejeans and a belt? Stand as straight as you can and look straight into the mirror. Use the pockets of the jeans and the belt as markers. Can you see one pocket more fully than the other side? Is your belt tilted down to one side? Those are clues that your scoliosis starts in your feet or leg bones.
7. Travell & Simons MD’s state that a leg length difference of 1/8″ or more becomes critical to our health. Even that little of a difference will throw us into dysfunction and start scoliosis.
8. Muscles are a primary cause of spinal distortions and pain. There are excellent massage therapists who can help correct your scoliosis. http://StJohn-ClarkPtc.com is the address for Paul St. John who is a genius in looking at the structure of the body and making manual corrections. I suspect his colleagues are also very talented. They are muscle therapists.
Paul teaches massage therapists like me to do this but very few actually do. He is in FL and he helped me get rid of my own scoliosis and I have watched him straighten out others, too. This kind of therapist starts with a postural assessment to determine from where the dysfunction or asymmetry starts. (As opposed to just treating symptoms as much of conventional medicine does.) And then this therapy addresses the areas of muscle that pull your spine into curves.
Even after you are straighter, you will have to take action to stay straight. This may mean a lift on the whole bottom of one shoe (no one ever notices) and stretching in the correct directions and in the correct proportions.
Pain and knots are symptoms. They mean your muscles aren’t happy. Scoliosis is a symptom of something. Everyone has a different something. I can’t promise that you will be straight as a tree but you gotta try to get to the root of the problem so you can start to feel better and get rid of your scoliosis naturally.