Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey: 21 Years Post-Surgery - Part 1
Research on Scoliosis and Guppies!
Harrington Rods Removed — How a Reiki treatment led TOPS Founder Martha Carter to a new path of healing.
When I was told that I had scoliosis and needed to have Harrington rod surgery at age 13, I was also told that I wouldn’t be allowed to dance anymore and that I shouldn’t do any rigorous exercise or yoga. It was 1974, and the relatively new surgical procedure was in its early years.
Study: A Single Yoga Pose A Day May Improve Spine Curvature for Scoliosis Patients
We printed this way back when, but thought you might like to re-visit this incredibly interesting research by Dr. Kristen Fay Gorman on Scoliosis and Guppies
Another Great Story of A Teen Living With Scoliosis
A recent study claims performing a single yoga pose for 90 seconds for at least 3 days a week could reduce spine curvature in patients with scoliosis in as little as 3 months.
A very moving story of a young woman living with scoliosis.
Yoga And Scoliosis: A Journey To Health And Healing by Marcia Monroe
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine causing compression of one side
of the body. Scoliosis also involves a rotation of the spine, in which the individual
vertebrae bones twist around the long axis of the spine.
Types of Scoliosis Braces
This instructional book focuses on using a series of yoga poses and stretches to improve the health of your back, and to encourage and educate the user about the potentials of scoliosis management away from surgery.
Here's an informative article from spine-health written by Dr. McAfee that lists and explains the various braces used to treat scoliosis in young patients.
Frequently asked questions about scoliosis and yoga by the National Scoliosis Foundation
Curves, Twists and Bends - A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis
By: Annette Wellings with Alan Herdman
Yoga for Scoliosis by Elise Browning Miller
Are you considering trying yoga for scoliosis?
Here’s an article that can assist in answering any of your questions.
What Kind of Curve are You?
This in-depth article by world-renowned Yoga for Scoliosis instructor Elise Browning Miller, is a comprehensive resource that offers readers a better understanding of the definition of scoliosis, and offers safe and effective yoga techniques for managing back issues arising from scoliosis.
Study: Health and Function of Patients with Untreated Idiopathic Scoliosis
TOPS commissioned Vancouver illustrator, Gary Leung to draw the 4 most common forms of scoliosis. The inspiration for these illustrations came from images drawn by Alexander Laurant in Elise Miller's Yoga Journal article “Yoga for Scoliosis.” Gary developed these schematic portrayals of scoliosis to convey the overall shape of the spine, lending the viewer an opportunity to identify on a visual level.
Interesting Video on the Alexander Technique for Scoliosis
Previous long-term studies of idiopathic scoliosis have included patients with other etiologies, leading to the erroneous conclusion that all types of idiopathic scoliosis inevitably end in disability. Late-onset idiopathic scoliosis (LlS) is a distinct entity with a unique natural history.
Corrective Exercises for Scoliosis
"The Alexander technique teaches the ability to improve physical postural habits, particularly those that have become ingrained or are conditioned responses. The technique is purported to improve performance, self observation and impulse control and relieve chronic stiffness, tension and stress." ~Wikipedia
Generally speaking, the medical field offers three options for the scoliotic spine: observation, bracing and surgery. This would be dependent on the nature and depth of the curves. Although exercise is also suggested by some medical professionals, it feels like a broad stroke piece of advice given to many, scoliosis or not.