There are four categories of scoliosis: Infantile, juvenile, adolescent (ages 10-18), and adult. Medical research shows different classifications: congenital, vertebral abnormality, neuromuscular and idiopathic/unknown. 80% of scoliosis cases are adolescent and idiopathic.
From the Posture Alignment point of view, idiopathic scoliosis actually has a cause. It is caused by muscle and joint imbalances and disparities in various parts of the musculoskeleton. These imbalances and disparities cause changes in the position of the primary load bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders), pelvis and the individual boney segments of the spine. The spine is purposely "S" shaped. Change some or all of the positions of the other structures in the body and in many cases the shape of the spine will change to adapt. In terms of scoliosis, the spine adapts with rotations and abnormal flexing.
Here's what my client had to say about her scoliosis and our Posture Alignment Therapy.
Finding Posture Alignment Therapy – and Catee Ingwersen – is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. When I was 15 years old, I was told I had a curvature of the spine (scoliosis) but that it was mild and should not affect me. But when I reached my mid-50’s, I started having trouble getting into some shorts, pants and skirts, as if I’d gained 20 pounds. But I hadn’t gained any weight. Once I saw Catee, she told me it was from the scoliosis, which had twisted my spine and was forcing my stomach out. Also, my upper back had started to look deformed and ugly, which upset me very much, but I thought it was irreversible. After about a month of doing Catee’s first menu of exercises, my husband said he could see a change in my back, and I started seeing it, too. After a few more weeks, I was able to start wearing those clothes, again. I couldn’t believe the change. It was so wonderful to see my back straightening, and my friends started commenting on my good posture. Catee is the best therapist I can imagine. She’s extremely knowledgeable and shares her knowledge freely. She’s very patient and she really cares. June 2011
Muscles move bones. Muscles can and do move bones out of alignment, out of their original position. This causes cascading and progressive changes in other joints, muscle groups and bone positions in the body. Over time the whole body's weight distribution becomes lopsided. Gravity then comes down through the body unevenly. Fortunately, muscles can and will move bones back into proper alignment to their original position - with the RIGHT STIMULUS.
Modern medicine and even alternative therapies normally make the mistake of focusing treatment and attention on the area of pain or problems. Seldom is the cause of pain the actual site of pain. The Posture Alignment Method we use relies on the primary tenant that the body is a UNIT; no one body part or body system is more or less important than another part or system. I treat the whole structure, body and person. Please explore the website to understand this unique and extremely successful Posture Alignment therapy method.
Here's the latest progress report from a client who has had severe pain in her hip when walking. She started Posture Alignment Therapy April 11, 2011.
"On Memorial Day (May 30, 2011) I walked over a mile on the beach and my hip pain was at least half less than what it has been in the past. That is wonderful! I tried to keep the same pace of walking and I really didn't have to stop at all. That 's wonderful news as far as I'm concerned. Also, my husband was telling me I am not walking like I used to. I used to walk throwing my right hip forward and he said I'm not doing that anymore." B.A.
This is what happens when the load bearing joints return to their proper alignment and function and the pelvis and spine start to flex, extend, rotate, and move in/outward- the way they were originally designed. When this woman entered the clinic 6 weeks ago, her hips, pelvis and spine were extremely immobile. Today, she's out walking and moving much more freely than before. The exciting part is she's not done with the alignment process! Great job B.A.!!
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.