Scoliosis is a condition where spinal bends either to the dextrol or to the left. A research done by Nascent suggests that some symptoms of scoliosis include stiffness as well as pain at the lower back. Before participating in yoga, knowledge about different meander of scoliosis is important since certain body movements as well as bends are critical to a scoliosis patient. Causes of scoliosis is not yet established, but it is recorded that scoliosis mostly affects females after puberty compared to males.
According to Bill Reif, yoga can help align the backbone as well as alleviate the pain caused by this situation. Since yoga is a flexibility and breathing exercise, it is also possible that most of the respiratory problems can be reduced by doing yoga. To ensure yoga effectiveness, essential awareness about the poses needed by people with scoliosis is key.
Amber Burke 2020 categorises scoliosis into two types, that is, non-structural and functional scoliosis. Non-structural scoliosis is a temporary quill curvature while functional scoliosis is a natural that permanently loops your spine. With functional scoliosis, spike curvature may not change once the spine bends. The extent that scoliosis affects older people tends to be high compared to the younger generation. This is because older people are associated with loss of bone density because of their age. Loss of bone density is a condition known as osteoporosis.
Dextroscoliosis is a spike curvature to the rightward while leftward back wind is called levoscoliosis. Dextral spinal curvature affects the thoracic spine as lumbar back is affected by the left spinal curve. Curving of the spike can lead to a C shaped curve or an S shape when a dextrol loop is followed by a left wind. A normal spike appears straight while a bent backbone loses the symmetry. The asymmetry is the cause of pain to the patients of scoliosis. Extensive asymmetries cause more pain especially when a person with severe vertebrae bends participates in strenuous activities.
Before yoga position, it is important to clarify on the degree of backbone bends. At rest, patients with severe vertebral curves suffer less pain compared to those who engage in vigorous activities. Good care should be taken even to a child with scoliosis because as the child ages, the vertebral curves increases in degree. The process of degeneration of the disc as well as masculine imbalances will progress the curving.
During your yoga practice, try every time to do it with your healthcare specialist so that you get the correct information on what should be done as well as avoided. If you have scoliosis, it is also favorable that you inform your yoga tutor about your condition to avoid worsening your condition. Do concentrate on your side that has asymmetrical challenges by doing more positions. With C curves, it is advised that posture be concentrated to lengthen the concave part. However, S shaped curves may not benefit from such poses due to a double concave and convex sides present.
Using a mirror during yoga activities can motivate your participation even when your tutor is not present. Since making movements while looking in the mirror can be confusing, you get used to the movements with time and improve your posture. The mirror can be a teacher as long as you are aware of the poses to apply. Watching the level of your performance as well as the position of shoulders or head can have positive results to your condition.
Ensure that the poses you apply allows you to breathe freely and comfortably. Scoliosis can cause the ability to comfortably inhale and exhale due to the pressure exerted on the heart as well as lungs. With respiratory system, pranayama is encouraged to be practiced during yoga. Without pressure, lungs can oxygenate the blood, giving it more energy to travel throughout your body, and energising it.
Avoid practising inversions if you cannot access support, and if you have severe spinal curves. Spinal asymmetries may have different curve degrees and this is very normal. Do not overwork your body fighting to levelise the curve degrees as you may do more harm to the spine. Yoga activities do help to improve scoliosis effects as respiratory complications, and improve your health status.