This is a great post from Matt Whitehead in our Portland clinic about scoliosis. We see A LOT of clients with scoliosis. Just yesterday I talked with a new client about scoliosis because he, his wife and one of his children all have it. We talked about the structural implications of scoliosis: pain, decreased function, fatigue due to inefficient movements. But, we also talked about the internal organs and how they are at risk as well. Scoliosis can lead to circulatory problems, respiratory problems, and digestive issues, just to name a few.
A lot of clients have had surgery recommended to help ‘fix’ the problem, but they don’t understand that surgery is doing nothing more than treating the symptom and masking the underlying problem. One of the common procedures is to implant a metal rod in the back to help ’straighten’ it. We have actually seen clients who have had a rod placed in their back only to have it break because of the insane amount of pressure that is still being place on their spine. Unfortunately, no one paid attention to the shoulders sitting above the spine and the hips sitting below the spine. If they would have addressed the body as a unit, as one system, they would have prevented a lot of wasted time and money, and a lot of unnecessary pain.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from scoliosis, this post is a MUST READ!