Posts tagged Idiopathic Scoliosis
SOMATICS: Learning how to alleviate patterns of pain and trauma

Part 20 of Martha’s Healing Journey

In my last blog about pain, I addressed how, for most people with scoliosis, pain is a constant companion. And although it may seem obvious that a compressed spine that curves and twists the body into a crooked position will cause some discomfort, it is not quite that simple.

In fact, it is well documented that a person's response to pain is heavily influenced by many individual traits, as well as the particular psychological, emotional and social factors affecting their life.

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Current Scoliosis Research

Part 17 of Martha’s Healing Journey

Summary of a recorded Skype discussion between Martha Carter and Kristen Fay Gorman

In my last blog, I detailed the most common surgical procedures used to correct scoliosis. Although advanced technology allows for successful spinal corrections with fusions and rods, I believe that most people would agree that it would be much better if we could stop scoliosis from developing at all!

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Taking the Leap into Emotional Counselling

Part 7 of Martha’s Healing Journey

Shortly after my Harrington rods were removed, I was talking to a friend about my rehabilitation regime combination of massage and gym training. As a dancer himself, he recognized the obvious benefits of these activities, but he also suggested I consider doing some emotional counselling to support my physical healing.

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Harrington Rods Removed — The Healing Journey Begins

Part 5 of Martha’s Healing Journey

As I mentioned in Part 3 of this serial blog post, after the removal of my Harrington rods, I was eager to experience movement in a new way—without the restriction of metal implants. But because I still felt stiff and had muscle spasms, I decided to work with a massage therapist, Dawn, to help break up the scar tissue that had built up over the years.

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Harrington Rods Removed — How a Reiki Treatment Led TOPS Founder Martha Carter to a New Path of Healing

Part 1 of Martha’s Healing Journey

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.

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