Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine forms S or C shaped curve from the sides of the back, with the spine turning towards the concave side of the curve. The rib cage is also rotated, protruding from the convex side. The term scoliosis comes from the Greek word of Skol, which literally means twists, describing this condition.
The treatment options depend on the type of scoliosis a person has. There two general types of scoliosis: structural and function. Structural scoliosis is more severe as it changes the structure of the body. Although the degree of severity varies from person to person, there are severe cases where scoliosis can lead to failure of lungs due to a collapsed rib cage. In such severe scoliosis, which involves more than 45 degree spine curvature, people usually have to undergo surgery.
However, many of us might suffer from what is called functional scoliosis. It can form through repetitive one-sided activity and is more related to your muscle development. For many, this condition can be cured over time through proper physical therapy and a nutritional diet.
Yoga And Scoliosis
Yoga is an ancient and effective way of improving your body posture and strengthening your muscles. Simple yoga poses can be great for both your physical and mental health. Incorporating this healthy activity in your daily routine can be extremely beneficial, especially for those suffering from scoliosis. It is mostly our spine that carries the stress of our entire body. Through yoga, you can learn various poses and breathing exercises which will take off this stress from the spine and help you in correcting its shape. Remember it might be a bit hard and painful for scoliosis patients to do yoga, however with proper instruction it will help them learn more about their body. Below are a few yoga poses people with scoliosis must definitely try.
Virabhadrasana is also known as the Warrior Pose. It helps in improving lower back strength and body balance. Having a strong back is very important for treating scoliosis or any other form of spine curvature.
To get in the warrior pose, you must start from a high lunge pose and bend your right knee directly over your right ankle. Then you must square your hips and shoulder with your hand. If you are a beginner you can stand against a wall to get the right pose. Then inhale and bring your arms over your head in H position and have the palms facing each other. Inhale in to your stomach and chest and exhale while pressing your feet on the yoga mat. Hold for as long as you can and then release.
It is more commonly known as the Child Pose. This therapeutic pose stretches your hips, thighs, and ankles and relaxes your back. It is ideal for treating scoliosis and relaxing. To get in this pose sit on your knees, resting you buttocks on your heels. Sit straight, lengthening your spin and then bow forward placing your torso in front of you on your thighs. Also extend your arms in front of you with palms facing down.
- Triangle pose
As for someone with scoliosis, both sides of the body might have different needs. Therefore, the triangle pose is an asymmetrical pose that works on different body parts in isolation. It is also great for bring space and length to the spine.
It may seem easier to get scoliosis fixed through surgery in one go rather than embarking on a long recovery through yoga. Although, the decision to incorporate yoga in your daily routines may seem a big commitment, but it is something you must try at least. It not only helps in strengthening the back but makes you understand your body and transforms your outlook towards life.