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Thread: Scoliosis cured by "bar hanging"

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    My son is still hanging upside down by the knees on the 'properly installed exercise bar' and he says it feels really good on his tight muscles. I think it helps that we have the bar in his room b/c then when he gets uncomfortable he can take a break and do whatever he does on the bar to ease his "kinks". So far so good.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    My husband has an inversion table that he uses for back and neck relief. We had our daughter try it out once but she felt too odd hanging upside down. I think it's just her age right now. I've used it a few times (I have nothing wrong with my back) and it does kind of feel good to stretch out the spine.
    Mom to 11 year old DD who was:
    diagnosed 5/09: 8*L, 8*T
    braced 7/10: 17* L, 25*T, 20*C
    x-ray 11/10: 7*L, 17*T, 20*C (x-ray immediately OOB)
    most recent x-ray 06/11: 17*L, 24*T, 22* C (x-ray 24 hours OOB)

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    i tried one...it did nothing for my scoli curves, which, of course, i never expected it to...or my degenerative disc disease...it also gave me a headache pretty quickly!

    i think it may be nice for those without any serious back issues...but for those with really messed up spines, i think it is a waste of money...that is my personal opinion...

    jess

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    Hi Jess,

    Did you go straight to full inversion? Most of the tables allow you to adjust it to stop at any angle. Anything new can really screw up my neck and cause me awful headaches so I was very careful to ease into it and only went to full inversion when I was completely comfortable. I realize a lot of people have had negative experiences with it, but it is honestly the best thing I have ever tried. I think part of the reason is that because it's in my house I can do it just a little bit every day.
    1993, Age 13, 53* Right T Curve w/ Left L compensatory
    2010, Age 30, 63* or 68* (depending on the doc) Right T Curve w/ Left L compensatory

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    My friend from Victoria is bringing up an inversion table sometime in January apparently. He bought one at Costco a few years back and hasn't even taken it out of the box and I asked him about it the other day and he said that since he bought his HUGE TV he doesn't have room for the table so it's for sale so to speak, lol. I could totally see myself on one of those and I don't think I could do too much damage to myself could I? Heh.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    i started out slowly, but just plain hated it!!

    i think my degenerative disc disease made it uncomfortable for me, more so than my T42 and L61 curves...spinal stenosis didn't help, either...nor did the listhesis...i think those things made it very unsuccessful for me!
    glad for anyone it helps...

    jess

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    Jess, try one of those hanging bars and get a hold of a five gallon paint can and turn it upside down... you'll feel great, hahahahaha!
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    hi Elisa
    i am normally in so much pain from the scoli, plus degenerative disc disease, that i spend many days in bed...even though still in pain (thank goodness for my angel puppy, who stays with me!)...my curves are complicated by the discs, listhesis, hypokyphosis, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, and a few things i've forgotten about
    i hope your son, young as he is, has no other complications besides the scoli, which is certainly bad enough by itself, and it sounds like he has quite a large curve!
    i hope the surgeons in the States will be able to help him...i believe that they will...

    i retired early from the 2 jobs in Manhattan that i loved...one full time with special ed kids, one part time at nite/wkends with drug addicts/alcoholics. i thought that not needing to go to work every day would ease the pain, but it hasnt...much to my surprise, my spine has gotten worse!...i have been disappointed that no injections have helped the severe lumbar pain, though the botox shots every 3-4 months have helped the muscle spasms in my thoracic area....

    i am happy for anyone who finds relief in any type of tx...bar hanging, inversion tables...anything...though it really surprises me that such treatments can help!

    best regards...
    jess

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    When I read all that's wrong with you Jess I'm amazed and feel a bit guilty b/c I have never had as much as a broken bone or stitch in my life and I had three natural childbirths as well. I'm so incredibly lucky I know. I have not felt much pain ever and actually feel really really good so I'm just starting to learn about all this "pain" stuff. I hope my son doesn't end up with all kinds of pain and problems but I guess we'll see. I sure hope not though. I have to keep telling myself that he's just being "looked at" finally and I'll go from there.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    I think there's a very good chance that he won't have any long-term pain issues. Just watching the kids on this forum, it seems like they get great corrections and just move on with their lives.

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    One day at a time. Speaking of pain, all of a sudden last night while I was watching a show I had this really sharp pain go through the side of my left eye and it throbbed and then it would be okay for a few seconds and then back to a shooting pain. I took something for it and it helped and I haven't had it since, looked it up and found a lot of different possibilities; anyone have this?
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    hi Elisa
    you are doing the exact correct thing for your son...taking care of it now...while he is young...i was not even diagnosed til age 31, though, looking back, i realize i had scoli at least since age 11! and you NEVER need to feel guilty about being healthy...it is a good thing, and means you are strong enough to take care of others, like your son

    i am just wondering if you have been to an opthalmologist for an eye exam in your adult life...i am not a doctor, and dont know what your pain could be from, but you really should see a good opthalmologist...besides vision for glasses, they check for glaucoma, cataracts, etc...i now have cataracts, but after being told i should have the surgery, as i was having blurriness, scratchiness, etc, i saw a terrific doc who said "no, what you have is severe dry eye that is scratching the cornea...if you had cataract surgery, it still wouldn't fix the problem"...i am SO glad i found her before i scheduled the cataract surgery! she is treating me now, with tear duct plugs (for dry eyes), and it is working!!

    i forgot...you are in Canada...unless you can call the pain in your eye an "emergency," i guess you'll have to wait...can you call it an "emergency" and get in to see a specialist right away..? hope so!

    jess

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    This thread caught my eye because my daughter is an avid "monkey bar girl" and when she was first diagnosed with scoli we saw a physical therapist a few times, because I had to do something while waiting to see the back specialists. The PT highly recommended that she continue to enjoy the monkey bars as long as she moves forward in a left - right swinging sort of way, which she does. She said it is great exercise for the paraspinal muscles and core as well as, obviously, the arms. My daughter does the monkey bars at recess with her TLSO on. Side note: our doctor's office put me in contact with another family, a girl who had been diagnosed at age 6 and placed in a TLSO also, now a young adult who made it through without surgery. Her mom mentioned to me that her daughter did the monkey bars daily too and she had asked the doctor if this had helped. He said no, had nothing to do with her success. But who knows??
    Resilience

    treated w Milwaukee Brace FT for 3 yrs
    currently 46 with 35 LL and 40 RT curves

    8 yr old diagnosed w Scoli 8/10 with 27 LL and 27 RT
    11/10 TLSO Full Time
    4/11 22 LL and 24 RT on waiting list for VBS at Shriners Phila
    12/11 curves still in the 20s but now has some rib cage changes from the brace
    VBS 4/25/12 with Dr. Samdani. Pre Op: 29 RT and 25 LL Post Op: 17 RT and 9 LL
    10/13: 15 RT and 10 LL

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    Inversion info

    I'm quite new here, but one thing I've been looking into for a while is some sort of inversion device. My first thought was something like a chin-up bar and gravity boots (boots or ankle straps which hook onto the bar, allowing you to hand upside down). However, research suggested that this was very bad for the knees, they simply aren't designed to bear all of our weight in that manner. Hanging from the arms might be a little better, though I think it's not the best for the shoulders.

    What looks better to me? There are some simple yoga swings, like the ones used with Iyengar yoga. Search Amazon and you'll see many designs, and someone good with their hands could make one easy enough- just make sure your mountings are secure enough to hold the person safely. The benefit, I see, is that it holds you from your pelvis in a more gentle way, and the swings are padded for more comfort.

    When I was a kid I could seemingly hang upside down indefinitely, but as an adult this becomes a bit harder. The pressure in the head effect is to wear off from enough practice, and Yoga suggests many benefits from inversions - not just the relief of taking pressure of the spine.

    One last bit, a quote on inversion therapy: "People who have heart disease, high blood pressure, eye diseases (such as glaucoma), or are pregnant are at higher risk for the dangers related to inversion therapy and should consult their doctors about it first. "

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    The yoga swing looks like a lot of fun. I've never used one before but I have used the basic ropes on a wall in an Iyengar class. It's a nice stretch, but I wonder if for some people it might put too much strain on the lumbar because it is a bit of a back bend. The beauty of the inversion table is that you don't need to go all the way upside down to get the benefits and you have the support of the table behind you. Just a thought...
    1993, Age 13, 53* Right T Curve w/ Left L compensatory
    2010, Age 30, 63* or 68* (depending on the doc) Right T Curve w/ Left L compensatory

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