The term “scoliosis” refers to the lateral inclination of the spine.
Causes are not known, it is thought that most scoliosis are determined by alterations of trunk, limbs, neck and head.
Generally, the functional scoliosis is discovered during adolescence, can worsen with growth and may cause difficulty in movement, breathing, activity of our internal organs.
Idiopathic scoliosis instead is a deforming disease of the spine and develops until we reach bone maturity: it seems to be hereditary, linked to genetic and metabolic disorders.
It occurs in young population with a frequency between 1 and 2% while in people older than 50 years the frequency is around 6%
– Tilted head
– Eyes, nose and chin oriented toward the longer part of the body
– Rigid back
– Asymmetrical back
– Chest with scoliotic column deflected laterally
– Unbalanced pelvis with iliac crest placed at different levels
– Abdominal and dorsal muscles unbalanced due to the verticalisation of vertebrae
– Tense and shortened muscles on the concave side (which accentuates lateral bending)
– When sitting, the body weight is distributed along the short side with a clear asymmetry of back
– When standing, the body weight is distributed mostly on the outside part of one foot
– Ribs on the shortest side close each other and approached horizontalisation
– Ribs on the longest side become less close and get a vertical orientation, forming a more or less pronounced “hump”.
– Little torsion of the chest respect to the pelvis compared with floating ribs forward
– Inability to effectively align the skeleton for the various motor functions.
The Feldenkrais Approach To Scoliosis:
- The stability of the back is based on a effective functioning spinal cord
- The spine is a made by discs and vertebrae each one with small different functions
- bad or inefficient interactions among the different vertebrae create inappropriate strain in the back
- Optimizing the interactions among the vertebrae is the foundation for a stabilization of the back, and can arrest the progression of scoliosis when it is possible or make the scoliosis functional allowing you to use your body and your skeleton in a more effective and easier way!
the treatment of the Scoliosis improves produces an optimization of the function of the spine in relation with the rest of the body: the goal of the Feldenkrais Method in relation to the scoliosis is to stop or slow down the progression of the faulty curves in the spine, to prevent other usual complications of the scoliosis such as organ compression and difficulty breathing and to give to your skeleton a better sense of balance and stability improving also the flexibility that is essential for an effective use of the skeleton.