RustyRedHd - I would highly recommend that you do have back x-rays taken every few years just to see how severe the curve is and how much it changes. Unfortunately gravity is not our friend as we age, the curve does get worse over time. I am sure that doing more exercises to strengthen the muscles will help you a lot. I wish you the best on this health journey!
Thank you so much for all the great information! I've ordered the dvd from amazon and hope to have it in a few days.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis in my teens (I'm in my forties now) and never had it treated by a doctor. Over the years I've been doing some back excersises from an old book called "Oh My Aching Back" but as my weight goes up and down by about 10 pounds (can't ever seem to get it down and stay there) my back seems to take the brunt of the extra weight.
Thank you so much for finding the dvd!!
Take Care, Laura
Take Care, Laura
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I am so glad that you have been able to make a lot of progress without surgery. One can always wonder what might have happened differently if I had know way back then what I know now. But what is meant to be is meant to be. And from me living most of my life without surgery, I know what you are talking about with lumps and other people not understanding. I also understand what you are saying about your hand. I didn't notice my hands being different in size, but I did have some numbness that would come and go. The year that I was looking into the surgery, my feet also had some numbness, kind of scary.
I always referred to myself as being crooked and twisted because of the body of course. Now I am a little less crooked and twisted but I am all screwed up, LOL!
I like your outlook on life, yes it is an adventure! Take Care!
When I train I try to keep my shoulders and hips aligned and even, and to flatten out my back as much as I can, but stretching forward. You can see my hump when I do a plank or a downward dog. I've had teachers come and try to press it out of my back before, not realizing it was kinda like trying to press my nose back into my face. hahahaha
I have not had surgery... mine is considered to be mild, although when you look at my Xray, it looks as if I've got a serpent for a spine.. and of course there are those nasty addition set of lady lumps that are my protruding lower rib cage where my twist starts... definitely too much of a good thing! ha
Its pretty exciting to regain motion simply using exercise... but it takes a longggg time... well it did for me... about 6 months. I also don't have the pain associated with the calcification that occurs anymore. Another weirdness... my left hand was waaaay thinner than my right... yes I am a rightie but I am fairly ambidexterous and when I work out use the same amount of weight in both hands, so it didn't make much sense.
Since regaining more mobility in my spine, the size of my hands has equalized. Wish I had taken a photo... my theory is that the nerves to the left hand were being pinched by my curve and the calcifications there... impaired neurological stimulation to that hand caused wasting of the muscles.
But who knows for certain? Life really is an adventure in these wonderful wacky bodies of ours!
: ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
I am so glad that you posted on this Mzzchief! I read it when it was first posted and was busy and also had to think about it a bit before answering. I was thinking the same things, that it could have been more from the distortion from ribs twisting and definitely some has to be from the body overcompensating to be as balanced as possible. It is amazing what our bodies can do even when things aren't right. My lower part of the spine looked almost as curved as the upper part, but when taking x-rays they had me lie different ways and the lower could easily straighten out. Now since surgery, it doesn't have to curve as much to keep things balanced. The muscles definitely overcompensate to keep things going too. I am so glad that there are exercises that can help too. I agree that exercising the muscles is going to make a big difference. It is funny though, after reading the first post, I did really look myself over and there are places that are definitely uneven. I am going to have to watch my own form when I am working out to make sure that I am not favoring one side. So, yes I agree it would be better to have someone else watch and give pointers. The exercising that I have been doing has been very helpful, but would even be better if I was sure that I was doing it with the best form possible. This would be helpful for anyone starting to exercise to have a personal trainer or physical therapist or someone that has some physical knowledge give some pointers but even more so for people with scoliosis. Best wishes for challenging yourself and getting so much stronger and healthier!
Yep, when I first started yoga, I had to lay on my back with my knees bent, and put a towel under my lumbar spine in order to not have any pain and even then it was an effort. Now I can lay with my legs completely down flat, and the entire spine as well, with no pain whatsoever.
That said, I definitely FEEL that my right ribcage is pushing into the floor a whole lot harder than my left. And when I do the twist with my legs to the right, I have to readjust my back and shoulders a coupla times before I get it flat. Its not effortless!
But I CAN do it, and it makes me so happy that I can!
Funny... how little things like that in life, can be the source of so much joy!
If you're gonna do it on your own... hmmm... That kinda worries me...mabbe there's a something that's tailored to peeps with scoli? okay I did find this. Its a DVD that is done by a woman who suffers from Scoli herself!
I dont know how good it is... mabbe someone on the team has another suggestion or has tried this DVD? I just don't want you to hurt yourself!
Here's a link to a whole bunch of online vendors of "Yoga for Scoliosis With Elise Browning Miller"
Hi Laura. I'm glad Mzzchief could give you a good answer, 'cause I didn't have one for that. My issues are more post-surgical, so I don't have all that much asymmetry anymore, just a bit of a rib hump and one funky hip.
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Are you sure its fat, and just not your ribcage thrusting out, due to your curve? Or muscle overcompensation, to keep your body as straight as possible?
For example, my right back ribcage, thrusts out more than my left. Its really obvious when I am at the gym and doing something in front of the mirror like the warrior pose... or even a plank.
And in front, my lower ribcage is angled out, so that I have have what looks like a second set of um... breasts. ha I can make these "lower lady lumps" disappear, by tucking my rib cage in and contorting myself into an odd position that leaves the rest of me looking like Quasi Moto. ha So I just live with my asymmetry and am thankful for clothes! ha
Yoga has really helped my spine. I can do all sorts of stuff now, that I could not do a year ago, including flattening my back completely on the floor without any pain at all. And doing a twist on my back, with with my shoulders and arms spread out flat on the floor, and my lower body twisted to one side or another.
I also have found that keeping my shoulders and hips level... using proper form when weight lifting, to be helpful.
So I'd say try some weights and yoga. Make sure you tell your instructor that you have scoliosis. Don't push yourself too hard... do what's comfortable, and work up to your goal slowly.
Yes it does take a while to get some flexibility, but its an ongoing process and you're not leaving the planet anytime soon!
Good luck! : ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
Hi Everyone, I know this may be a strange question but have any of you noticed that one side of your body has more fat distribution than the other?
I don't really notice it when looking in the mirror from the front, except for the outer part of my left hip. But when viewing from behind in a mirror and the left side of my body has more of a bludge at my lower shoulder as well as my left hip.
When I was younger I didn't notice it but as I am getting older it seems more pronounced.
If you've noticed it on your body can you tell me how you combat it? Do more stretches on that side? More reps with weights? Any suggestions?
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