Scoliosis

Overview

Scoliosis is a back condition characterized by unnatural curvature of the spine. Usually scoliosis consists of two curves: the original abnormal curve and an additional curve that runs in the opposite direction that is caused by the body`s attempts to compensate for the original curve. Conventional medicine treats scoliosis by monitoring patients to determine if their spinal curvatures are worsening, but provide little in the way of preventive care for scoliosis. If the condition does worsen, conventional treatment approaches include electro-stimulation of the spine, back braces, and surgical procedures ranging from spinal fusion to the installation of rods along the spine to prevent further curvature. In stark contrast to these approaches, holistic health care practitioners take a far less drastic and less invasive approach in their treatment options to help reverse scoliosis.

Types of Scoliosis:
There are a number of different types of scoliosis, ranging from congenital scoliosis, meaning scoliosis that occurs due to birth defects of the spine, inflammatory scoliosis, which is caused by inflammation of the spine, and osteopathic scoliosis, which is due to deformities within the spinal vertebrae. By far the most common type of scoliosis, however, is idiopathic scoliosis, meaning scoliosis with no known cause, which affects people who are otherwise healthy and accounts for more than 80 per cent of all cases of scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is divided into four categories based on a person`s age: infantile scoliosis (children 3 and under), juvenile scoliosis (children 3-9 years old), adolescent scoliosis (children and teens, 10-18 years old), and adult scoliosis, which occurs after a person stops growing in height. Of these subcategories, the most common form of scoliosis is adolescent scoliosis.

Symptoms of Scoliosis:
The most common symptoms of scoliosis, in addition to the obvious abnormal curvature of the spine are shoulders of different heights, with one shoulder blade jutting out more prominently than the other; head not centered directly above the pelvis; a raised, jutting hip; different heights between the left and right rib cage; uneven waist; changes in the look or texture of the skin overlying the spine, such as dimples, hairy patches, and/or color changes; and tilting of the entire body to one side.

The most common causes of non-idiopathic scoliosis are birth defects and other genetic conditions, neuromuscular problems, and leg-length disparity. Scoliosis can also be caused by disease conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and tumors, all of which require prompt medical attention. Although conventional medicine claims there are no known causes of idiopathic scoliosis, alternative health practitioners disagree. From the perspective of alternative medicine, idiopathic scoliosis is primarily caused by misalignments of the spine (known as subluxations, according to chiropractic theory) and/or stagnation in the body`s flow of vital energy.

Subluxations cause pressure to be exerted on the nerves that pass through the spine. Over time, this nerve pressure can cause muscles along the spine to tighten and contract along one side of the spine, while corresponding muscles along the opposite of the spine weaken. This causes the vertebrae of the spine to be pulled in the direction of the contracting spine, causing scoliosis.

Stagnation of the body`s vital energy, known as qi by practitioners of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, can also cause spinal muscles to tighten and contract, pulling the vertebrae out of alignment and causing the spine to become curved.

Finally, one of the most common causes of idiopathic scoliosis, especially in teenagers and adults, is habitual posture, both while sitting and standing. As your poor posture habits become more pronounced, your body is forced to compensate. This compensation process can also cause muscle contraction and lead to scoliosis.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols

Detox:

  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste  www.wecarespa.com

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.  For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. shoppingcart.purehealthsystems.com/?Click=4464

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400  The second best is organic      meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

Calcium and magnesium supplements can help your back muscles to relax, thereby helping to release chronic muscle contraction that is associated with scoliosis.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this   illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
  • Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help correct scoliosis that is caused by muscle contractions due to its ability to release your body`s stagnant vital energy or qi. As your vital energy begins to freely flow once more, your muscles will automatically start to relax and return to their normal shape. This, in turn, can significantly improve scoliosis.

To further stimulate vital energy and correct scoliosis, electrical current may sometimes be passed through the acupuncture needles. This helps to deepen the effects of the acupuncture treatment, resulting in deeper healing and longer-lasting results.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Ayurvedic medicine practitioners believe that herbal massage is the best way to treat Scoliosis. A proper massage from herbal oils prepared from individual oils of thyme, oregano, cypress, birch, basil, peppermint can prove extremely vital. But, it should be done with an expert message therapist or physiotherapist.

To increase joint mobility and protect joints from further damage, flaxseeds, fish oils, and Boswellia are recommended. Oil massages are beneficial, using sesame or olive oil. For swollen joints, massaging with castor oil helps pull toxins out of the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Acupuncture  – this has proved especially beneficial in the treatment of scoliosis. It can help correct scoliosis that is caused by muscle contractions due to its ability to release the body’s stagnant vital energy or qi. As  vital energy begins to freely flow once more, the muscles will automatically start to relax and return to their normal shape. This, in turn, can significantly improve scoliosis.

Aromatherapy

Massaging tense muscles that are contributing to your scoliosis with essential oils can help release muscle tension and contraction. Ideal essential oils for this purpose include clary sage, lavender, marjoram, and rosemary.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Bryonia, Calcaria Carb, Calcaria Flour, Calcaria Sulph, Merc Cor, Silicea, Phosphoric Acid, Thuja, Carbo Veg, Calcaria Phos, Rhus Tox, Sepia, Nux vom, Sulphur, Arsenic, Pulsatilla, Belladonna among other medicines.

Herbs

Horsetail which is rich in the mineral silica, is particularly good for joints and bones.

Other

Bodywork: The field of bodywork offers a number of techniques for treating and preventing scoliosis, such as Rolfing and Hellerwork, both which involve manipulation of the muscles, connective tissue, and joints in order to allow the body, muscles, and connective tissue to properly realign themselves. Other types of bodywork that can effectively treat scoliosis include Bowen Therapy, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Shiatsu. Movement awareness therapies such as the Alexander technique, the Feldenkrais Method, and Trager Work, are also effective for realigning and correcting posture and spinal curvature.

Chiropractic: Chiropractic can be very effective in helping to resolve scoliosis because of its ability to correct spinal misalignments. All forms of chiropractic care work by adjusting the spine to release subluxations. In doing so, chiropractic also alleviates nerve pressure and restores normal muscle function, all of which can significantly reduce scoliosis symptoms.

Two specific chiropractic methods are particularly useful for scoliosis. The first is known as the Pettibon technique, since it was developed by the chiropractor Burl Pettibon. This method works by correcting specific distortions in the spine and surrounding muscles that most commonly cause or contribute to scoliosis.

A second method, known as chiropractic biophysics, or CBP, entails in-depth analysis of spinal distortions and poor posture. In addition to chiropractic adjustments specifically tailored to address these issues, chiropractors trained in CBP also instruct their patients in self-care exercises that they can use to further correct their scoliosis symptoms.

Osteopathy: Because of their ability to combine conventional and alternative medicine techniques, osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are in a unique position to treat scoliosis. Osteopathic techniques range from gentle joint work to specific thrust approaches similar to chiropractic adjustments.

In addition to being able to manipulate the spine and other joints of the body to relieve tight muscles and restore spinal alignment, most D.O.s are also licensed to give injections in order to relieve painful inflammation in the joints that can also cause scoliosis. In addition, they may use electrical stimulation and various forms of mechanical therapy in order to trigger muscle relaxation, including gentle “muscle energy” techniques, and functional and positional release techniques, all of which are unique to osteopathic medicine.

Physical Manipulation Techniques: Physical manipulation techniques help to move the muscles, connective tissues, and vertebrae of the back into proper alignment, and can also correct problems relating to stress and physical pain. Physical therapists will also usually work to stretch and relax muscles by teaching their patients effective stretching exercises, and by training them to develop healthier habits related to posture.

Alternative Professional Care:
The following professional care therapies are also useful for treating and preventing scoliosis: Alphabiotics, Applied Kinesiology, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Therapy, Qigong, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.

Lifestyle: In dealing with scoliosis, it is essential that you improve your posture and learn how to properly move your body. A regular exercise program, especially stretching, can also help improve your symptoms.

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Bad posture equals bad health: www.naturalnews.com/030956_posture_health.html

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/

Immune health www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Collodial Silver www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong(from August 2012 newsletter)         

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Naturopathy and scoliosis: www.kentfamilychiropractic.com/Scoliosis/Scoliosis-Sciatica-Ayurveda/

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Research

Inversion therapy and scoliosis: www.naturalnews.com/033449_back_pain_inversion_therapy.html

Further Information (links and books)

Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment: Health In Your Hands (Second Edition) by Kevin Lau; Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing by Marcia Monroe, Loren Martin Fishman and B.K.S. Iyengar

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;

Food–Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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