The body with back pain and/or scoliosis has developed a highly sophisticated "compensating act," but can also learn a more refined "symmetrical act" with proper instruction. By combining yoga postures with breathing awareness, one can develop a structural alignment, creating a more normal symmetrical alignment. This is accomplished by stretching muscles that have tightened and strengthening muscles that have become weak from this asymmetrical imbalance. Thereby the body will create a more effortless posture using the bone structure, rather than over working the muscles to hold itself up. Through yoga, one can find that balance point that allows the scoliosis curve to coexist with gravity and activates the body's natural plumb line. The result for most people with scoliosis is better posture and less pain.
Benefits of Yoga for back care & scoliosis
- Increased Flexibility: When you have scoliosis, the concave side of the spine has shortened, dense muscles. The shortened muscles pull on the spine, causing compression which can result in intense pain. The compression pulling on the spine can also make the scoliosis worse. By doing stretches to increase flexibility of the concave side, yoga can help solve these problems.
- Strengthening Muscles: The muscles and connective tissues on the convex side of the curve are constantly being pulled down, which makes them overstretched and weak. By strengthening these muscles with yoga, the muscles will be better able to support the spine and prevent the scoliosis from getting worse.
- Improved Oxygen and Blood Flow: The improper alignment which occurs in scoliosis can often cause restricted oxygen and blood flow to the compressed areas of the body. Yoga practices include breathing exercises which can improve blood and oxygen flow to these areas.
- Reduced Pain: People with scoliosis often suffer from pain because of the compression on their spines, ribs, organs, and other tissues. By increasing flexibility of the spine, yoga can reduce compression and pain.
- Realignment: There are some specialized yoga exercises for scoliosis which focus on rotating the body back into alignment and strengthening muscles to hold the body in alignment.
Alicia is certified through Elise Browning Miller to teach Yoga for Scoliosis
The description above is an excerpt from Elise Browning Miller's website.