Scoliosis and Alexander Technique work.
People with scoliosis complain of twinges, aches and pains and/or numbness: in neck, face, torso, hips and legs. In an x-ray you might see the spine is not straight; a curvature of the spine.
Who gets it?
All ages can be affected by it. Some quite mildly, while others have ongoing effects. As Wilfred Barlow MD and Alexander teacher said “almost everyone scoliosis to some degree”.
I was never diagnosed as scoliotic. However, over time I realised this to be the underlying cause of my back pain, which ultimately lead me to Alexander Technique.
Understanding my condition made all the difference to how I worked with it and finally the great results I have today.
Dr. Jack Stern, professor of Neurosurgery at the New York Medical College says
By teaching people better body mechanics, it frequently enables patients to do away with pain — without having to undergo surgery.
What is the effect on a person with Scoliosis?
The whole person is affected by scoliosis. While some muscles shorten to one side of the spine, others slacken to the opposite side.
As consequence, this causes muscles above and below to compensate resulting in weaknesses and pain.
The knock-on effect.
While it is obvious the pelvis, ribs, head and limbs reshape as the spine changes, the internal systems e.g. nervous and muscular adapt as well.
- The person’s breathing may be affected.
- Internal organs get compromised.
- The way we think becomes disturbed!
John A. Macy, Physiotherapist, Nebraska says.
“Alexander is an educational process with emphasis on teaching principles of optimal control and using these principles in everyday movements.”
To find out more about how Alexander Technique can help contact me Jann McMichael for more info.