Have you ever been tested for scoliosis? Scoliosis is a side bending of the spine due to rotation of the vertebrae which can occur at any level of the spine presenting typically as a C or S curvature. Schools often screen kids around the age of 13 in order to detect scoliosis that is above 15 degrees. Less than 2% of the population at this age have this degrees of scoliosis that is deemed to be problematic requiring immediate attention with back braces or surgery. A closer look at the population at risk indicates that the greatest risk of developing scoliosis occurs in adolescent females, who are five times more likely to have a curve that needs treatment than their male counterparts.
But here's the thing, adolescents who screen positive for scoliosis but do not have the degree minimum that requires orthopedic attention are told to do nothing. Excuse me, 10 degrees of scoliosis is not nothing. Just about everyone has a small degree of scoliosis and although most do not affect the overall functionality of the spine, this asymmetry can be the culprit of aches and pains and niggles in other parts of the structure. Think of a bicycle wheel that is warped, you'll still be able to ride but all the time there is excessive wearing on areas. Also, as we age the spine becomes less resilient to the forces of gravity and movement which will increase the curvatures contributing to loss of height and function.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
Early detection is best so test your kids, nieces and nephews. If you think you see something - send them to a physician. But what about you? If you do the test and have a scoliosis, it's not too late to do something about it! ELDOA Exercises are designed to work specifically with the spine at all levels to help realign and strengthen the structure. In the case of scoliosis, you can target the specific areas of the spine needed to help correct the imbalance and limit the scoliosis from increasing. Message me if you would like more information about this and how ELDOA can help.