Scoliosis is a lateral (toward the side) curvature in the normally straight vertical line of the spine. When a person with a normal spine is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be straight. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. Most people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disorder, however scoliosis may sometimes cause complications.
Some of these complications may include:
- Lung and heart damage. This is in the most severe cases of Scoliosis, where the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump.
- Back problems. If you are an adult who had scoliosis as a child you are more likely to have chronic back pain than are people in the general population without Scoliosis.
- Appearance. As Scoliosis worsens, it can cause more noticeable changes, such as
- Un-level shoulders
- Prominent ribs
- Uneven hips
- A shift of the waist and trunk to the side
Individuals with Scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance, which can lead to low self-esteem, lack of confidence and many other emotional issues which can lead into depression, anxiety, stress or other mood disorders.
Massage can benefit those with structural and functional Scoliosis. It helps relieve pain caused by Scoliosis. Massage relaxes the muscles of your back and body and helps improve flexibility. A 2006 case report found massage to be effective at relieving pain, improving sleep and increasing the ability to conduct daily activities for people with Structural Scoliosis.
I will work with your Doctor and/or Chiropractor by using a combination of massage strokes, sustained pressure, positioning and stretches to help balance the muscles of the your back and body to relieve or eliminate Functional Scoliosis. Increased body awareness will allow you to change movement habits that contribute to Functional Scoliosis.
I encourage you to contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment either by phone or email.