Posts tagged Scoliosis
Patience is Everything

Part 25 of Martha’s Healing Journey

When it comes to scoliosis, patience is everything.
Action, determination, and patience.
And trust.
And rest.
AND MINDFULNESS.
At least that’s what it feels like to me.

Following my confession last month about a frustrating day of body awareness and transformation, it occurs to me that by calling it a ‘day’, I am not fully recognizing the truth of my frustrations around scoliosis.

They are constant.

CONSTANT.

But, so?

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Somatics Follow Up

Part 23 of Martha’s Healing Journey

In my December 2018 blog post, I wrote about how I was starting to learn a gentle body-mind technique called Somatics. Since that time, I have continued to explore this work, finding many interesting and helpful connections.

Today, I want to follow up about my progress with addressing my own sensory motor amnesia, specifically regarding scoliosis.

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All About Retreats

Part 22 of Martha’s Healing Journey

It has been almost 10 years since I started the Twisted Outreach Project for Backcare and Scoliosis (TOPS) — with the idea of sharing ‘twisty’ knowledge for scoliotic bodies.

Since then, we have held workshops, classes, lectures, performances, and many social gatherings. We have become a hub - in person and online - where folks with scoliosis can connect to teachers and scoliosis specialists of all kinds, simultaneously building knowledge and community. Our ever-growing mailing list includes people from around the world, with one student traveling all the way from Japan just to attend a weekend workshop!

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Bye Bye 2018, Hello 2019

Part 21 of Martha’s Healing Journey

On New Year’s eve, I was chatting with my wonderfully ‘alive’ 83 year old mom. We were reflecting on the past year, and thinking ahead to 2019, when she asked: “So Martha, with all of your exploring of healing techniques, what do you think I should do next to look after myself… to be healthier; to feel better?”


That made me laugh out loud, as she is already more health-conscious and active than most people half her age - she does weekly pilates, senior’s exercise, regular massage, a yearly yoga retreat, walking, swimming, and more! Nevertheless, it got me thinking there is always more we can do for ourselves.

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About Martha's Stem Cell Procedure

Part 18 of Martha’s Healing Journey

How the spine relates to all other joints.


Over the years, as I have worked on finding comfort and mobility in my fused spine, I have definitely felt things improve for the better.

Unfortunately, one day about 13 years ago, while moving a box up some stairs, I felt my left knee pop, and that incident was - unbeknownst to me at the time - the beginning of a new healing journey.

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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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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 16

Scoliosis: A Confounding Condition

Scoliosis is a really confounding condition! The more I try to explain it, the more I realize that it is full of contradictions.

Nobody knows why it happens, or who will get it. Given that every scoliosis is unique, the effects can be so different for each person, which of course makes it difficult to compare notes.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 14

About other Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Methods

Since I had my Harrington rods removed, I have explored and discovered many therapies. Aside from Yoga for Scoliosis, which has been my main focus, there are three other popular Scoliosis-targeted exercise methods that are becoming more available and showing promising results.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 13

Becoming a Yoga for Scoliosis teacher

One of the hardest things about scoliosis is that it is difficult to know what to do to make it better. People ask me questions like these all the time:

How do you cure scoliosis?
How can I make my back straight again?  
How can I stop the curve from getting worse?
What can I do to get rid of the pain?

Though extremely understandable questions to ask, they are very difficult questions to answer, because every person and every curve is different. There is one thing that is for sure though: it is NOT possible to CURE a structural scoliosis.
 

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 9

How dance and dancers have shaped and informed every step of the journey

I keep wanting to talk about getting into Yoga for Scoliosis — an eventual and integral part of my scoliosis journey following the removal of my Harrington Roads — but as I write this serial blog, and look back on all that’s happened, other memories get triggered and new understandings appear.

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Martha Carter Talks About Her Healing Journey - Part 8

Exploring Different Healing Modalities: Alexander technique and Taoist meditation

Ever since my rod removal 21 years ago, I have spent a LOT of time exploring different options for supportive care.

I never expected to go down this road, but exploring the myriad supportive care options out there has become an ongoing educational journey that I continue to find not only self-empowering, but endlessly fascinating.

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