For over ten years I have specialized in Yoga for Scoliosis. My specialty includes scoliosis, functional imbalances, and chronic pain. The good news is that, yes, yoga can help. Not just any yoga, but yoga taught by a professional who understands how to apply the healing principles to each individual.
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves laterally and causes it to appear in an 'S' or 'C' shape. As the spine shifts laterally it also rotates and pulls on the attached rib cage. The ribs on one side are shifted laterally and rotationally causing a rib hump or convex curve. On the opposite (concave) side the ribs compress creating a hollow, flat appearance. One shoulder and hip may be higher than the other and the waist may appear uneven.
Yoga can help reduce pain and restore a sense of balance. There are a variety of postures (asana) that provide a full range of movements for the spine including extension, flexion, lateral movements and decompression. Additionally, yoga provides breathing exercises (pranayama) that are essential in creating balance. When the spine has a pronounced curvature the breath typically moves more freely into the convex ribs that are spread wide apart. Over time, this may encourage the progression of scoliosis. In breathing exercises like victory breath (ujjayi), attention is brought to the breath and one learns to direct the breath into the compressed ribs on the concave side. This will lengthen and strengthen the intercostal muscles and help sustain a more balanced spine. Read full article by downloading Scoliosis Information Handout below.
Yoga can be used to develop an awareness of the body and reduce stress on the muscles and joints. Read full article
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