Back problems are unpleasant, and only those suffering can understand the horrors. They say that you are only as old as your spine. And it is so true! Usually, it is the spine that bears the weight of the body, and therefore, it is under constant stress and tension. This stress only aggravates the pain.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine is not straight but curved. It restricts movement, and can be extremely painful. If the curvature of your spine is over 10 degrees to the right, or to the left, the front or the back, you are a victim of scoliosis. Women are more likely to be affected by this condition. While surgery is an option, embracing yoga can eliminate its possibility to a great extent.
Scoliosis is characterized by an S- or C-shaped curve in the spine. It’s generally seen in childhood, but it can also come about in adulthood. Scoliosis in adults can occur due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, uneven pelvic position, past spinal or joint surgeries, knee or foot distortions, or even head injuries. Some curves are deeper than others. In moderate to severe cases, scoliosis is corrected through surgery. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
We spoke to Rocky Snyder, a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist based in Santa Cruz, California, who suggested a few exercises for people with scoliosis, as well as stretches that may help improve dexterity.
The difference between a typical spine and that of a person with scoliosis, he explains, is that the former can move from side to side. For instance, when you walk, your spine bends and rotates left and right, ultimately reverting back to the center. People with scoliosis have a difficult time moving in one direction due to the curvature of their spine.