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back dude
10-18-2003, 12:54 AM
i was wondering if anybody can comment on these types of alternative therapy?

1. Yoga
2. Tai Chi or any other form of martial arts
3. Seeing a Chiropractor - I've heard that it's not good to see one regularly because the cracking of the joints can lead to problems (any truth to this?)

Thanks.

Karen Ocker
10-19-2003, 11:04 AM
This is my story with chiropractic: In the 6th grade my parents sent me to a chiropractor, for 9 months, 3 times a week. At that time my curve was mild. They wasted money they could not afford and it delayed a consultation with a scoliosis specialist. Over the next 2 years my curves progressed and I ended up with a 100deg major curve in 1956. I had a non-instrumented fusion at that time. That was the state of the art in the 1950s. Because no hardware was used then I had to remain bedridden for the fusion to solidify.


Over my lifetime the curves progressed, despite a solid, un-instrumented fusion until I reached 80 deg last year(necessitating a successful revision). Before the revision I did Pilates which helped me immensly as far as stamina and pain relief but my curve progressed despite all my efforts.
Karen

Rachel
10-20-2003, 06:39 AM
Hi back dude,

I think Yoga can be a big help in keeping muscles limber and strong which is a plus for us. A lot of the stretches I've learned in Physical Therapy are very similar if not the same as some Yoga(s).

I too have heard that repeated chiropractic adjustments are not good for our joints. The joints become too loose and they can also develop the same build-up knuckles do on people who have the habit of cracking their knuckles. I don't know if all chiropractors would use adjustments as part of the therapy, I have heard that some use Ultrasound and massage.

I think any low-impact strenghthening regime can help alleviate pain and help strengthen the needed muscle groups. I know it all depends on the individual's scoliosis situation, making sure no harm is done.

I've stuck with a good Physical Therapist. I think with the right PT you can get the best of both worlds, pain relief, strengthening and a lot of good education.

Hope this is of help,
Rachel

back dude
10-21-2003, 12:41 AM
thanks all for your replies.

i have also heard that swimming is very good for scoliosis because there is no chance of overdoing things in a pool. also the feeling of the no gravity affect has less strain on the back. hope this helps :)