Unless you are going through a big growth spurt or do a lot of high impact sports, I don’t think much progression will happen within 3 months. So no worries!
Yes, x-rays are pretty important, so they know you specific curve pattern and can create your individual program. They can interpret some information from just your physical back, but it’s best to have a recent xray so they can be as accurate as possible.
Most likely not, but there is a possibility it could over the course of many years, if your flat feet are not matching in flatness (is that even politically correct??haha).
This is just because if one foot is slightly lower than the other, one knee will then be turned in more than the other, and your hips may become uneven. If anything, you may just get pain, probably not scoliosis.
Maybe try to wear insoles or do some exercises for that!
I have seen a HUGE improvement cosmetic wise. My rib humps vanished, i gained 4 inches in height, my shoulders and hips are even, and you really can’t even tell i have scoliosis anymore!
Here’s a before and after picture:
And the after picture is old, (taken about a year ago) so I know my back has improved even more.
My torso in the before was short and scruched up, and my body almost had a V shape from being so compressed. In the after photo, I actually have a more normal hour-class torso, because i now have space between my hips and ribs (i shudder at the memory of my ribs and hips scraping together).
I know these are pictures from the back so you can’t see the rib humps as well, but 3 well-versed chiropractors and an orthopedic surgeon were all surprised at how i didn’t even appear to have scoliosis anymore. (From observations of me standing normally and doing the toe-touch test, where they check your rotation (rib humps)).
I am very happy with the results! :) (thanks schroth!)
The docs say they are not 100% sure of what causes scoliosis, but they now it can be caused by a number of factors.
Yes, genetics can play a role, but it isn’t the bottom line. Environmental factors like pollution and pesticides may cause this gene to activate.
Studies have suggested that some types of nutritional deficiencies both in the womb and when growing may promote scoliosis. Having asymmetrical muscles or uneven hips or legs can also trigger scoliosis.
I’m so sorry she is having a closed mind. It can be difficult for people who were born and raised in a system that drills there is nothing you can do besides surgery and medication. I would be more than happy to send her a testimonial of my personal story. Also, if you go on the scoliosisrehab.com website, they should have a page for testimonials. You can also email them, and they can send you a list of contact information of all the patients who tried the schroth method so you can talk to others too. Send me an ask if you are interested! Sorry I’d send you this in an ask, but i believe your ask box is off.
Do you have scoliosis or kyphosis? I quickly looked up the BodyALine and it looked like it helps people to straighten their kyphosis/ hunches, not so much lateral scoliosis. I would be wary of using such devices just because they may put extra strain on your spine without correcting the curvatures.
And how long have you been doing the schroth? It may take quite a while to build up muscle, just because the schroth is a gentler approach. But your muscles will strengthen eventually, just give them time. If you are really concerned about your muscle strength, you can add scoli-friendly yoga to your routine! Or even pilates.
A last note: Be aware of your posture as you do any other exercises outside of the schroth. Before you do other exercises, do your corrections, and incorporate them into your workout, and keep your spine in a neutral position (not exercise twisting/bending). This way, when you are building new muscle, your muscles will be more even, and not pull your spine back into a crooked position.
Best wishes :)
I truly believe that the schroth method can help nearly everyone if they really utilize the schroth ideals on a daily basis, stick to their regimen, and keep positive.
A reason why the schroth wouldn’t work, besides not sticking to the above goals (slacking off schedule, slumping into the curve, not correcting your posture in daily activities, etc), would be if you have congenital scoliosis. If you have congenital scoliosis, you most likely have a wedged vertbrae, so the actual skeletal system will not allow for curvature improvement. The best case scenario would be preventing further curvature progression and maybe some curvature reduction.
But you can try other methods as well such as chiropractic care and yoga!
I’m not sure if you’re asking what i do personally or what someone can do with yoga for scoliosis in general, so i’ll give you both!
I don’t do any specific yoga for scoliosis, but i do practice some every once in a while. (I do the schroth method phyisca therapy mainly). But it is very important that you do not excessively twist or arch your back. Try to keep your spine in a neutral position as much as possible if you do do yoga.
A great DVD to check out that is specifically designed for scoliosis patients:
I have also heard stories of patients straightening out their spines through yoga practice, just because they become hyper-aware of their spines, muscle asymmetries, etc.
Backpack wise- (What i do isn;t actually what a scoliosis patient should do I;m bad). I use a large purse to carry my school supplies. Honestly, this should be okay if you use a long strap that crosses across the torso (Is there a name for those types of bags?? is it across the shoulder) but anyway. This is okay as long as your side bag/ purse is not too heavy, as in not over 5-8 pounds approximately.
Backpacks are probably the safest thing for scoli patients (and using both straps). This way the weight is evenly distributed. But the weight you are carrying should not exceed 10% of your body weight. (ex. if you weigh 120, you shouldn’t be carrying more than 12 pounds).
If you have to deal with large text books and lots of them, you can have you parent email or you just talk to your teacher(s) about leaving that textbook in the classroom. You can also consider getting two copies of each textbook, so you can have one at school and one at home, so you don’t have to lug those heavy things around.
Gym~ Get a doctors note. Most schools will exempt you from their gym requirements if you have a disability (which scoliosis can be categorized under). If your doctor will not write you a note or your school won’t exempt you, be sure to talk to your gym teacher about your limits. Find alternative exercises you can do instead if the situation arises. You may not be able to twist or turn a certain way, or run long distances. Listen to your body, and if anything is uncomfortable, don’t push it.
I hope that helped ya :)
I’ve wondered about that before… and I don’t think so. My curve decreased about 25 degrees in 3 years, so if it continues to improve at this rate, in theory, my spine will be straight in about 3 more years. After that, it would be important to keep my back muscles and core muscles strong so i won’t sink into old curve patterns. But as far as the actual schroth physical therapy goes, I don’t think i’ll have to keep doing it.
I don’t think my spine would curve the other way, since one should adjust their physical as their curvatures change. Also, the schroth comes with a increased awareness of your spine, so I don’t think anyone would adjust their spines to the point of causing scoliosis in the other direction.
Those were very interesting questions, thanks for asking!
I’m sure you are not the only one! But hey, maybe you should take advantage of no shave November? or even no shave winter! lol
I’m glad! :)