Scoliosis is derived from the Greek word for Skoliosis meaning "crooked condition, and from "Skolios", meaning crooked. In medical terms the word Scoliosis refers to the condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side (C or S curve) and may also be rotated. An x-ray is used to determine what much of the medical world views as a structual issue. Scoliosis affects millions of people worldwide yet the causes are said to be either congenital (caused by vertebral abnomalies at birth and quite rare), idiopathic (unknown) or neuromuscular (such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy or physical truma).
Thomas Hanna founder of Somatics also known as Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) unearthed a clear and disticnt theory as to why so many people experience a gradual change to thier spines position from aligned to crooked. Through his workings with clients he realised that physical trauma had such a profound impact upon peoples muscles that it was causing their spines to become bent out of shape. When a person experiences some kind of physical trauma, maybe a fall or broken leg, the muscles respond by going into a spastic cringe (contraction). This process occurs within the unconscous levels of the brain so the individual maybe blissfully unaware that it is taking place. What they may be aware of is a change to their posture (lean to one side), a restriction to their movement and an onset of pain. Their unconscious habit to constantly contract certain muscles groups after the traumatic incident is the reason for their spinal curvature.
In addition to a curved spine other warning signs are head is not centred directly above the pelvis, uneven shoulders, one raised hip, body leans to one side, protruding ribcage on one side, uneven waist, fatigue. Trying to change the position of the spine by manipulation will have no lasting effect and in some cases could prove to be dangerous. HSE gentle method of re-educating the neuromuscular system to let go of chronic contraction patterns held within muscles will gradually help to straighten up individuals when possible. Clients may also notice a easing to pain and movement related issues as a result of improved muscular control.
There are many related symptoms to the condition Scoliosis, see the list below as a guide. If you are unsure if HSE is right for you needs please conatct your Doctor first or alternatively contact Somatic Living for advice.
Balance problems, Breathlessness, Chronic Fatigue, Foot Pain, Headaches, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Lower back pain, Mid back pain, Pelvic Issues, Plantar Fascitis, Upper back pain.