We will cut right to the point. In most cases, and particularly in dancers, scoliosis is NOT cause for panic. It often has simple causes and solutions to resolve it and get dancers feeling better and back to training. Many times the curves associated with scoliosis seem stubborn; they don't reduce with bracing, stretching, or strengthening regimen. But that's likely because the cause of the curve isn't being addressed. So here are 3 things to consider when trying to reduce or resolve scoliosis:
CONSTIPATION. Inability to "go" effectively can cause tightness and irritation of the intestines. Tight intestines don't move freely, resulting in less movement of the spine. The spine may be curved toward the area of blockage or restricted movement.
MENSTRUAL IRRITATION. Unbalanced bacterial levels are common during different parts of the menstrual cycle, causing irritation to the ovaries, gall bladder and intestine. The irritation can also cause tightening around those organs and pull on the spine, resulting in imbalanced muscle tension and a curvature.
DIGESTIVE ISSUES. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common in dancers due to inadequate fluid balance and absorption. Other conditions like celiac disease, colitis, and Crohn's disease also result in unwanted irritation and tightness in the abdominal area, which can pull the spine more in one direction and cause a curvature.
In all of these cases, muscle stretching or strengthening exercises alone may not work. Reducing the source of irritation and improving abdominal mobility may be needed to reduce tension around the spine and improve alignment. These are easy fixes with guidance from the right health professional. In most cases, results can be seen after 1-2 sessions, and the key is to stay consistent to maintain proper alignment. After irritation is reduce and mobility is restored effectively, finding the right maintenance program in terms of water intake and nutrient absorption will be key.
If you've been "stuck" with scoliosis and been made to think that braces or surgery are your only options for reducing it, that couldn't be further from the truth. The solution to reducing your curve is likely easier than you think. You just have to look in the right places, and you need to work with the right people. Our in clinic or virtual programs are exactly what you need to feel better and move better without medications, braces, or surgeries. Ready to "get it straight" and get back to feeling and looking better? EMAIL US and let us know what's going on. We can't wait to help you!
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