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    other forms of relief

    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.

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    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
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    other forms of relief

    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

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    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

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