Yoga and Scoliosis

What’s This Research About?

Yoga is often recommended for people who are experiencing or rehabbing from
musculoskeletal conditions, including scoliosis. Actually, yoga is recommended
for just about every ailment, and rightfully so. Yoga is awesome and makes you
feel good. But so do other types of exercise. So, what is it about yoga that is
particularly good for scoliosis?

The researchers suggest that most of the exercise-based interventions or manual
therapy treatments (as opposed to bracing or surgery) focus on stretching rather
than strengthening. They propose that the spine will bend away from the weaker
side, producing concavity toward the stronger side. So rather than stretching the
tight side, you should strengthen the long side.

Based on this suggested mechanism, I’d have liked to see a more robust introduction
section. But the literature review is pretty weak in this study. They said research
was inconclusive and cited 14 references to that single sentence. One of them
was a 2012 Cochrane Review so I looked that up. It also said the research is
inconclusive, partially because of the poor quality of published research
(only 2 studies actually met their inclusions standards). Those researchers
determined there was no argument for or against physical activity for scoliosis.

About The Author

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Jules Mitchell

TITLE: Serial Case Reporting Yoga for Idiopathic and Degenerative Scoliosis

ORIGINAL LINK

PUBLICATION: Global Advances in Health and Medicine

DATE: September 2014

AUTHORS : Fishman, L., Groessl, E., Sherman, K.

Scoliosis: lateral curve of the spine

Ideopathic:  of unknown etiology or cause

Ideopathic scoliosis: develops in early years and is most often diagnosed in adolescence. Adult degenerative scoliosis occurs in later decades of life and is believed to be age related. Scoliosis is seen in 2-3% of US population, presents equally in men and women, but women are more likely to progress to stages that lead to medical interventions.

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About the Author:

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Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing. Learn more about Jules Mitchell.