Definition: Scoliosis

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is curved over to one side.  Predominantly, this bend happens in either the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. 

Scoliosis may be be a comparitively temporary but often painful problem, caused by such things as an unevenly tilting pelvis, an accident resulting in spinal injury, a prolapsed disc or general mis-use.  The condition may also cause sciatica.  If such a scoliosis is left unattended, the postural changes may become habitual, leading to long term problems. However, by learning and applying the Alexander Technique, such an outcome can often be avoided. 

Scoliosis can also be an organic condition that starts in childhood and deteriorates progressively whilst bones are still growing, to the extent that the spine becomes severely distorted.  Sometimes the spine tries to compensate for the curvature by creating a second bend in the opposite direction, thus creating a sideways S shape in the spine and torso.  In extreme cases, surgery may be required to straighten the spine.

It is important that juvenile scoliosis is treated early on, to reduce the impact of the condition. Alexander Technique lessons can help people reduce the discomfort scoliosis can cause and importantly, can help both children and adults to minimise the deterioration of the condition.

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